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Officers Follow Oil To Booty, Suspects

A truck’s half-mile-long trail of oil that led Canyon County sheriff officers to a booty worth thousands - and four burglary suspects.

“We followed it like a trail of bread crumbs,” said Sgt. Bob Miles of the Canyon County Sheriff’s Department.

Miles said thieves loaded auto parts, including an engine, into a pickup truck before the Jalopy Jungle, a Nampa auto parts store, opened Friday morning. The engine must have been tipped on its side, Miles said, because it left a trail of droplets leading to a trailer court a half-mile away.

Sheriff officers not only found the stolen goods from Jalopy Jungle, they also found a pile of other goods ranging from cars to household appliances. The stash also led them to five other locations. The sheriff’s office estimated that the total value of recovered items could reach $30,000.

Detectives believe the property recovered so far will clear up at least 22 different burglaries reported in Ada and Canyon counties over the past few months.

Arrested and charged with burglary and grand theft were Thomas Harrod, 19, Robert Decker, 19, James Kreftmeyer, 20, and a 14-year-old juvenile. Decker and the juvenile also were charged with malicious injury to property.

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