Police swarm neighborhood, find stolen car and guns
NAMPA, Idaho (KBOI) - Police arrested a Nampa man Monday following a burglary in the 6700 block of Center Lane.
Michael Cope-Saldivar, Jr., 36, is charged with grand theft by possession and petit theft by possession.
A witness described the vehicle used in the burglary as a yellow, four-door pickup truck, according to a news release. The driver later crashed the truck into a building in the 400 block of 9th Avenue North. The people inside ran away, but officers tracked their footprints in the snow and detained them. Police say the vehicle had been stolen Saturday.
The investigation led them to a home on Sugar Loop Lane, where Cope-Saldivar, Jr., lives.
"Since there were firearms that were stolen we believe that were inside of here, our officers are going to take precautions and not just come in and possibly force some kind of encounter," said Lt. Eric Skoglund of the Nampa Police Department.
The neighborhood saw a heavy police presence with tactical response teams and bomb units. Armored vehicles, fire engines and ambulances filled the neighborhood most of the day as police waited on a search warrant for one final room of the home. Investigators say they found guns taken Monday morning along with televisions and other stolen property in the home.
"There is property that we have identified belonging to two other cases that Nampa Police are investigating, including a stolen vehicle and air compressor," Skoglund said.
Officers found a 2003 Kia Spectra in the garage of the Sugar Loop Lane home. It had been reported stolen Friday. The air compressor and other tools were taken Monday.