Update: Boise Police Make Arrest in Connection with Mining Museum Theft 

click to enlarge - Moises Carranza, 25, of Boynton Beach, Fla., is charged with felony burglary. -  - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF
  • Ada County Sheriff
  • Moises Carranza, 25, of Boynton Beach, Fla., is charged with felony burglary.
UPDATE 08/06/2015, 9:30 a.m.

Boise Police have made an arrest in connection with the theft of a tomahawk and an 1860s-era pistol from the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology.

Police in Twin Falls received a citizen tip about the suspect in the theft, and were able to recover both the tomahawk and the pistol during their investigation. The items will be returned to the museum.

Moises Carranza, 25, of Boynton Beach, Fla., turned himself in to police the evening of Aug. 5. He is charged with felony burglary, and has been booked into the Ada County Jail.

UPDATE 08/05/2015, 10:10 a.m.

A Derringer pistol and tomahawk stolen from the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology have been recovered.

Citing a citizen tip, the suspect in the theft—a man in his late 20s with a short beard—has been identified, but police are attempting to contact the suspect, and no one has been arrested in connection with the incident. The investigation is ongoing.

ORIGINAL POST 08/04/2015, 12:11 p.m.

Boise Police are searching for a suspect in connection with the theft of an 1860s-era Derringer pistol and a replica tomahawk from the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology.

"These items were at a museum that's dedicated to preserving Idaho history. We'd like to find the man responsible for taking these items and hopefully be able to find them and get them back where they belong as part of the museum's collection," wrote Sgt. John Terry of the Boise Police Property Crimes Unit in a statement. 
click to enlarge - Boise Police are searching for this man in relation to the theft of items from the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology. -  - BOISE POLICE DEPARTMENT
  • Boise Police Department
  • Boise Police are searching for this man in relation to the theft of items from the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology.

The Derringer pistol was found in Idaho City during a dig, and its estimated value is approximately $500. The tomahawk is a handmade replica made from wood and Rhyolite rock. Its estimated value is approximately $200.

Police have captured video footage of a suspect picking up the pistol and tomahawk. Officers are describing him as a male in his late 20s with a short beard. During the alleged incident, the suspect wore a white tank top, dark-colored basketball shorts and dark-colored tennis shoes, as well as a visor with "Florida" across the top. 

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest of criminal suspects. If you have information about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or visit the Crime Stoppers website
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