December 3, 2020
UPDATED PRESS RELEASE
RE: Arrests made in construction site theft
On December 2nd, 2020, Detectives with the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office and Idaho Falls Police Department were able to locate and arrest three suspects in the Thanksgiving Weekend theft of construction tools from a job site in the Bridgewater Subdivision. Since the initial report, Deputies discovered additional surveillance video indicating at least 3 suspects being involved. Through investigation and a number of tips from the public, Detectives located 41 year old Carl James Eckenrode Jr., 33 year old Joseph M. R. Herrera, and 27 year old Lisa D. Ritchie of Idaho Falls and observed them moving items from a residence on Hollipark Dr. to a vehicle belonging to Ms. Ritchie that appeared to match the description of items taken in the theft.
Deputies made a traffic stop on the vehicle near Anderson and Boulevard locating Mr. Eckenrode and Mr. Herrera inside. At that time Deputies observed multiple items in the vehicle matching stolen items from the jobsite in question. Detectives were able to obtain a search warrant for the Hollipark residence and detained Ms. Ritchie at that location. During the search Detectives located more items from the theft in rooms identified by Ritchie as being occupied by Eckenrode. Through investigation Deputies also located a pickup belonging to Eckenrode parked on Ashment that matches surveillance pictures taken when the theft occurred.
All three were placed under arrest and transported to the Bonneville County Jail where they were booked for Grand Theft. During the booking process at the jail, Eckenrode was found to be in possession of just under 2 grams of Methamphetamine and was also booked for Felony charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Introducing Contraband into a Correctional Facility.
Deputies are continuing to investigate this case and no further information is available at this time. The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the public for tips and information that contributed to the recovery of this property and apprehension of the suspects. Tips about this or other criminal activity can always be reported through our dispatch by calling 208-529-1200, or Crimestoppers at 208-522-1983, online at www.ifcrime.org, or the P3Tips app on your mobile device.
December 1st, 2020
RE: Construction Site Theft
Bonneville County Sheriff’s Deputies are seeking the public’s help in identifying suspects involved in a theft of tools and a trailer from a construction site. Yesterday a contractor working on a housing development in the Bridgewater Estates subdivision near Ammon and Lincoln Rd. discovered an enclosed trailer with more than $60,000 in tools missing from the job site. The trailer was soon discovered a short distance away but had been emptied of various survey equipment, a generator, and tools.
Deputies discovered from various neighborhood surveillance that two suspects, believed to be males, driving a silver or gold colored mid 2000’s extra cab Chevrolet pickup had hooked onto the trailer at the site and transported it to a separate location. The suspects off loaded tools and items into the pickup, abandoned the trailer, and left the area.
The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about this or any other crime to contact dispatch at 208-529-1200 and ask to speak with a Deputy. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers online at www.ifcrime.org, by calling 208-522-1983, or by using the P3Tips app on your mobile device.