Idaho State Police trooper Daniel Howard, 48, was charged on April 9 with the felony possession of stolen property and two misdemeanor citations of petit theft and possession of an untagged deer, after a December 2013 warranted search of his home. Kootenai County Sheriff detectives found 16,080 rounds of ammunition in a detached metal pole building. The Coeur d'Alene Press reported this morning that the ISP trooper has been placed on administrative leave without pay.
Back in December, detectives said they observed a sheet of plywood leaned against the wall on Howard's property, and behind it, police found numerous cardboard boxes labeled "ammunition." After reviewing the descriptions on the ammunition boxes, detectives determined it was consistent with ammunition purchased and used by the Idaho State Police.
When detectives went back to seize the ammunition, all but 85 rounds were gone. A few days later, a private investigator turned in several open boxes of ammunition, but they didn't match the ammunition previously discovered and there are still almost 14,000 rounds missing. That brings the total of stolen ammunition to more than 17,000 rounds —a value exceeding $6,806.31.
On May 15, Howard will appear in Kootenai District Court for a preliminary hearing on charges relating to the found ammunition and possession of an untagged deer. If convicted, Howard will be terminated from ISP.