Boise, Idaho: Larceny from MV reports

Brian Freskos filed this request with the City of Boise (ID) of Boise, ID.
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From: Ben Hallman

Given the quantity of reports that our request is likely to produce, we want to narrow it. Instead of requesting incident reports for every larceny from a motor vehicle in 2015, we are now only requesting reports for larcenies from motor vehicles in which a firearm was stolen in 2015.

We still want see all the information contained in the report, including, but not limited to, the time and location of each incident; the criminal's method of entry; the make and model of the vehicle; descriptions of what was stolen and where from inside the vehicle each item was stolen; the victims' names, ages and contact information; and the narrative summary of what happened.

Please also provide the TOTAL number of larcenies from motor vehicles that were reported to your department in 2015, no matter what, if anything, was stolen. All we need here is a number.

If this data is collated in a digital file or database, providing the results of a search query that yields this information would be an acceptable substitute to physical copies of the reports.

From: Ben Hallman

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Idaho Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Police reports for every motor vehicle break-in and/or larceny from a motor vehicle that occurred in 2015. I want to determine how many vehicle break-ins occurred in your jurisdiction and basic information about each, including what, if anything, was stolen.

I want to see all the information contained in each police report, including, but not limited to, the time and location of each crime; the criminal's method of entry; the make and model of the vehicle; descriptions of what was stolen and where from inside the vehicle each item was stolen; victims' names, ages, addresses and contact information; and the narrative summary of what happened.

If this data is collated in a digital file or database, providing the results of a search query that yields this information would be an acceptable substitute to physical copies of the reports.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ben Hallman

From: Toni Smith

Mr. Hallman,
Was hoping to have a phone number from you so that I could call and clarify exactly what you are requesting.
We have approximately 1,120 reports involving vehicle burglaries for 2015. Are you wanting statistics or the actual reports?

Toni Smith
Records Custodian
Boise Police Department

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From: Ben Hallman

Hi Toni,

Yes you can reach me at (919) 522-6354. Sorry for the confusion, we're using a new records system for the first time, so there's been a few hiccups.

We want essentially two things:
One, we want to know the total number of vehicle burglaries in 2015. You just answered this for us so thank you!

Two, we want to see the actual reports only for vehicle burglaries in which a firearm was stolen.

From: Toni Smith

Got it! Okay, will see what I can find out.

Thank you for getting back so quickly.

If you have any questions I can be reached at (208) 570-6090.

From: Ben Hallman

Thanks!

From: Madeleine Schroeder

This message is for Ben Hallman, Toni Smith has assigned me your request and I see that she has provided you with the number of vehicle burglaries we had in 2015. I want to clarify that you are interested in only the stolen gun cases and if so do you want the face sheet and the loss sheet only for each case? Thanks.

From: Ben Hallman

Hi Madeleine,

Yes, we only interested in seeing the sheets for vehicle burglaries in which a firearm stolen. Please let me know the estimated cost and processing time of obtaining these records.

Thank you,
Brian

From: Madeleine Schroeder

Okay, so I will go through the list and only copy the face sheet and loss sheet of each report, not the narrative. If there is a cost, I will figure that out and send you a cost letter.

From: Ben Hallman

Can we get the narrative too?

From: City of Boise (ID)

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: City of Boise (ID)

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

From: Madeleine Schroeder

Yes, the cost letter was sent to you on 8-3-16, when we receive payment we will begin processing your request. The letter states that if we do not receive payment within 30 days then we will consider the request you made as withdrawn.

From: Ben Hallman

Thank you Madeleine,

Please put this request on hold at this time.

From: Madeleine Schroeder

Very good.

From: Ben Hallman

Hi Madeleine,

What would it cost to get just a random selection of 20 of these incident reports?

From: Madeleine Schroeder

Sorry for the delay, I had to ask our in house legal staff regarding this request. I am attaching a printout of the 2015 gun thefts from vehicles. If you get a list together I can process it and there may or may not be a fee involved, but I can determine that after I get the list of reports that you want. Let me know. Thanks.

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