Arrested: Miara Armstead, 25, Philadelphia, PA
Charged: Burglary- Three Counts (F), Possess False, Expired or Fraudulently Obtained Financial Transaction Card with Intent to Defraud- Five Counts (F)
Arrested: Danielle D. Taylor, 28, Philadelphia, PA
Charged: Acquire Financial Transaction Card with Intent to Defraud (F), Burglary (F), Flee or Attempt to Elude a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle (F), Possession of a Controlled Substance (F), Resisting or Obstructing Officers (m), Fugitive to Idaho- Four Counts (F)
On Tuesday afternoon, members of the BPD Organized Retail Crime Unit were made aware of possible fraudulent purchases being made at several retail stores in the Boise area. Reports indicated that two women were making high-value gift card purchases at multiple stores, and then acted suspiciously and fled when asked to show ID to verify that the credit cards they used belonged to them. Officers reached out to members of the Organized Retail Crime Association of Idaho and received word that two women who matched the descriptions of the suspects were at a store on the 7900 block of Overland Road. When officers arrived on scene they located one of the women, identified as Miara Armstead of Philadelphia, and took her into custody. A second suspect was seen getting into a car in the parking lot, but eluded officers when they attempted to take her into custody. The suspect backed into a marked police vehicle while simultaneously hitting another parked car, then drove through a landscaping bed and sped away. In fleeing from police the suspect vehicle also recklessly drove into oncoming traffic. An intense area search was conducted and officers located the suspect vehicle soon after at a gas station on Airport Way. Officers made contact with the female driver as she was walking away from the vehicle. The suspect, later identified as Danielle Taylor, failed to comply with lawful commands from the officers. After a brief struggle she was physically taken into custody.
Upon investigation, officers located evidence that the two suspects had flown to Boise on Tuesday morning. When they were detained they were found to be in possession of five credit cards that did not belong to them. Officers made contact with the actual credit card holders and located evidence that the cards were stolen from the victims at two local restaurants at around noon. The suspects then used the credit cards to buy at least $11,000.00 in gift cards at multiple retail stores in the Boise area. Officers believe that the suspects came to the Boise area with the intent of committing these crimes. A records search confirmed that Taylor had extraditable warrants out of New York, New Jersey, California, and Florida for similar crimes. Armstead and Taylor were both transported to the Ada County Jail where they were booked and charged with several felonies each.
ABOUT ORCAID: This Boise Police Department investigation is a result and example of the success behind the Organized Retail Crime Association of Idaho (ORCAID). ORCAID is made up of several retailers and law enforcement agencies throughout the state with the intent to fight organized retail crime in Idaho. ORCAID members share intelligence, photographs, and surveillance video which allows them to provide real time alerts with each other and relay critical information. Through this partnership, the Boise Police Department has made dozens of arrests and recovered over $229K worth of merchandise last year alone.