True Crime May 12, 2004 

BENCH BURGLAR

Boise Police are looking for an armed robbery suspect who may have hit twice in one week on the Boise Bench.

At 1:13 p.m. Friday, May 7 Boise Police were called to Stacy's Heart & Home gift shop in the Hillcrest Shopping Center on Overland. The clerk told officers a man was looking at greeting cards until other customers left the store. He then brought a card up to the counter with his hand in his pocket implying a weapon and demanded money from the register. The clerk ran out of the store to a nearby restaurant. The robber was last seen running southeast through the parking lot.

The man's description and the robbery are similar to a robbery on Saturday, May 1 at a store on the 3400 block of Cole Road.

The suspect is described as a white male in his late 40s to early 50s, 6', 200 to 220 pounds, clean-cut gray hair with pale blue eyes. At the Hillcrest incident he was wearing a light blue button down short sleeve shirt, and light, possibly khaki pants.

Anyone with any information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or Boise Police Detectives at 373-5406.

MOVING VIOLATION

Boise Police are investigating how a woman fell out of a moving pick up truck in East Boise on Tuesday, May 4. The woman is hospitalized in critical condition. The driver of the pick-up, her boyfriend, was arrested for Felony DUI.

Officers responded to the call of an accident shortly before 7:30 a.m. on Amity, just east of Federal Way. When they arrived, they found a woman lying on the road.

After talking with a witness and the driver of the pick up, officers believe the women, age 19, opened the door of the truck as it was traveling eastbound on Amity at approx. 35 to 40 mph. However, just how she fell out of the car is still under investigation. She has not been able to speak with officers due to her injuries.

At the scene, officers arrested the driver, John M. Murphy, 23, of Boise, for driving under the influence. He was arraigned on May 5 on misdemeanor DUI and Driving Without Privileges.

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