ACSO investigation leads to burglary arrest

Burglary ItemsAda County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a string of more than a dozen burglaries believed to have been committed by a Kuna couple.

Deputies received a report of suspicious circumstances in a subdivision near Amity and Five Mile at about 2:30pm last Thursday. The caller reported a woman hiding near some bushes in a subdivision at the intersection of Five Mile and Amity.  Deputies responded and found the woman and her husband nearby.

Based on evidence and information gathered on scene, deputies determined the couple had been in the area stealing property from homes and vehicles. The couple was taken into custody for questioning.

Detectives took the couple to their home in the 200 block of West Wood Owl in Kuna to continue the investigation. At the home, investigators found multiple items they believe to have been stolen from South Ada County and in Nampa. Detectives estimate the couple took property from more than a dozen homes in the Five Mile/Amity area in the last four months.  The couple took various things - tires, weedeaters, lawnmowers, electronics, tools, jewelry - and would pawn the property for cash or trade it for money and/or drugs.

“They looked for easy opportunities – open garages, open windows and unlocked cars. Whenever they saw an opportunity to steal, they took it,” said Sheriff Gary Raney.

Also at the home on W. Wood Owl, detectives found the couple’s three children, ages 7, 9 and 14, living in deplorable conditions. The carpets were soiled with animal feces and urine. The children’s bed were either without sheets or the bedding was visibly very dirty.  There was no hot water in the house, so dishes had not been cleaned. Plates with food caked on them were left sitting on the kitchen counters. Hundreds of flies filled the house. Investigators say the children were left at home while their parents were out committing burglaries.  The couple told detectives the three children were being homeschooled, but investigators say there was evidence to suggest they have not been receiving adequate education.

“Too often we see drug abuse take over as the priority. Sadly, in those cases, the children are neglected. They become almost inconsequential to the parents who are supposed to be taking care of them,” said Sheriff Raney.

The three children were deemed to be in eminent danger and placed into the protective custody of Idaho Health and Welfare.

Justin C. Anderson, 33, of Kuna, was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail on a burglary charge (a felony). He is being held on a $75,000 bond.  Additional charges against Anderson are possible. Charges against his wife are also pending.

Ada County Sheriff’s detectives are working with Nampa Police to identify additional burglary victims in Canyon County.

Anderson has been driving a red 1999 Isuzu Rodeo with a broken back window.  Anyone with information about this couple or who believes they may have had property stolen is encouraged to call Ada County Sheriff’s detectives at 577-3700.