Suspect arrested for lizard theft

September 7, 2021

Arrested: Christopher Garcia, 49, Caldwell

Charges: 2 counts Theft – Grand (F)

This afternoon the Boise Police Department’s Organized Retail Crime Unit worked with the Caldwell Police Department to arrest Christopher Garcia in Caldwell on two counts of felony Grand Theft. Boise Police had been investigating the theft of multiple lizards from local retailers since July. Evidence indicates Garcia entered multiple retail locations in Boise and in each case waited until employees were not around, removed a lizard from their cage, and walked out with the lizard in his pocket. Local retailers were an integral part of this investigation and helped BPD’s ORC unit identify Garcia. Garcia has been booked into the Canyon County Jail on the listed charges. Additional charges are expected.

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Officers appreciate the cooperation of the local business community to help recognize suspicious activities and report them to police. The Organized Retail Crime Association of Idaho is a statewide crime-fighting partnership.  This association allows retailers and law enforcement to communicate about criminal activity impacting businesses on a real-time basis while preventing other partners from being victimized. Through this collaborative partnership, law enforcement and the business community are able to work together to identify offenders and resolve cases, all while developing new and innovative ways to combat ORC groups. For more information check out

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