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Police: Traveling fraud crew busted in Boise

Boise Police says it received tips from the that two suspects had been making fraudulent returns and purchases at various stores in Nampa and Eagle. At a Boise area store, BPD says one of the suspects replaced the price tag on a high value item and then purchased it for a lower price. (Ada Sheriff mugshots)

Two California men, accused of being involved in a traveling fraud ring, have been arrested in Boise.

Boise Police says it received tips from the that two suspects had been making fraudulent returns and purchases at various stores in Nampa and Eagle. At a Boise area store, BPD says one of the suspects replaced the price tag on a high value item and then purchased it for a lower price.

BPD caught up with the suspects, Enrique Marquez, 30, of Landers, Calif., and Ibrahim Ah Saed, 36, or Corona, Calif., in the parking lot and took them into custody.

Detectives say the duo belongs to a nationwide traveling fraud ring. One retail chain told BPD that the fraudulent ring reported a loss of $156,000 due to the fraud crew.

“This was a fantastic result of the strong partnership we have between local retailers and law enforcement here in the Treasure Valley. With communication and cooperation, we are able to identify and apprehend traveling fraud crews almost as soon as they get here,” Boise Police Crime Prevention Supervisor Ed Fritz said. “Hopefully that sends a message to fraudsters loud and clear: don’t come to the Boise area and try to get away with it. Because those thefts affect the everyday shopper, and we will do everything we can to not allow that.”

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