Man arrested in connection with Hidden Springs burglaries

Deputies ask that if anyone has any information about the break ins to call Ada County Dispatch at (208) 377-6790 or email them at Photos courtesy: Ada County Sheriff's Office

A 39-year-old man has been arrested for a smash-and-grab car burglary in the Hidden Springs area that happened earlier this spring.

Ada County Sheriff's Office identified the man as Christopher Hyler from Horseshoe Bend, and they say he is a person of interest in several other burglaries.

Hyler was charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor petit theft in connection two incidents the night of May 7. Several boxes from in front of a home on North Barn Owl Way were taken and deputies say that Hyler also broke a car window and stole a purse along with other items from inside a locked car parked on North 9th Avenue.

Detectives gathered evidence linking Hyler to the crime with video surveillance footage and finding the stolen items in his car. Detectives also say they found several burglary tools in Hyler's car.

The sheriff's office says the car burglary Hyler is charged for is similar to over a dozen other smash-and-grab car burglaries reported in Hidden Springs, Avimor, and the North Boise Foothills neighborhoods since April 8. In each case, vehicle windows were found smashed open to steal purses, backpacks, computers, athletic shoes, binoculars, cash, and other valuable items that could be seen from the outside.

The sheriff's office says in one of the burglaries, thieves broke into a car, stole a wallet, and used the garage door opener to get inside and steal a bike.

According to police, all the burglaries happened overnight with cars and trucks parked in driveways.

The sheriff's office says it’s a good idea to take your valuables out of the car and into your locked house.

Detectives are continuing to investigate those cases. Additional charges filed against Hyler are possible.

Anyone with information about the break-ins should call Ada County dispatch at (208) 377-6790 or send an email to

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