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Crime in 2012 report:

Offenses down; larceny remains at top for county

Crimes continue to drop in Idaho County; however, one thing remains the same year after year: people won’t stop touching other people’s stuff.

Larceny again tops the list of offenses committed in Idaho County: 80 thefts were reported overall last year according to the 2012 Crime in Idaho report released by Idaho State Police, which was down by 38 from the prior year.

Also within the top five crimes for the county overall – combining reports from the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office and the Grangeville and Cottonwood police departments — were vandalism (76 reports), simple assault (71), burglary (44) and drug/narcotics (38).

Of the 403 offenses in 2012, 46.7 percent (188) were cleared. For the county’s top five offenses, 10 larcenies were cleared, 14 vandalisms, 59 assaults, eight burglaries and 34 drug/narcotics.

Other notable crime reports include 29 drug equipment offenses (28 cleared), 22 aggravated assaults (20 cleared) and 16 frauds (three cleared).

Overall for Idaho County, 403 major offenses were reported in 2012, down 4.5 percent from the year prior, and this is the five-year low from a high of 548 reported in 2008. Arrests have also continued to decline, marking a five-year low in 2012 of 344, down 29.4 percent from the year prior. The five-year high for arrests was 734 in 2008. Of the arrests made last year, 319 were adults and 25 were juveniles, compared with 425 and 62, respectively, in 2011.

For lesser “Group B” offenses, according to the ISP report, 62 adults and one juvenile were arrested for DUI; and 17 adults and 11 juveniles for liquor law violations.

Breaking It Down

Idaho County Sheriff’s Office

Larceny was the top offense reported within the ICSO jurisdiction in 2012: 51 cases (eight cleared). Within the top five were vandalism (42; nine cleared), drug/narcotics (37; 34 cleared), simple assault (35; 34 cleared) and burglary (28; six cleared).

Other notable reported offenses were 26 drug equipment cases (26 cleared) and 21 aggravated assaults (20 cleared).

While the overall five-year Idaho County crime trend has been decreasing, offenses investigated by ICSO have been steadily increasing: 265 offenses were reported in 2012, down 9.6 percent from 2011; however, this is up from reports in years 2008, 2009 and 2010: 239, 250 and 258, respectively. Of the 265 offenses last year, 55.5 percent (147) were cleared.

In 2012, 303 arrests were made, down 10.1 percent from the prior year; of these, 282 were adults and 21 were juveniles; compare with 2011 arrests: 303 adults and 34 juveniles. Last year’s ICSO arrests were at a five-year low; the high being 385 in 2008.

In Group B offenses, 58 adults and one juvenile were arrested for DUI, 17 adults and nine juveniles for liquor law violations, eight adults for disorderly conduct and two adults for trespass.

Grangeville Police Department

Simple assault was the top offense for GPD in 2012: 35 were reported, of which 25 were cleared. Top five offenses also included vandalism (27), larceny (19) and burglary (15), each of which had two cases cleared; and fraud (seven; zero cleared).

Other notable offenses were three cases each of intimidation, drug equipment and statutory rape, and one case each of aggravated assault, motor vehicle theft, counterfeiting/forgery and embezzlement.

Overall, 118 offenses were investigated by GPD in 2012, up 18 percent from the prior year (and also the five-year low of 100), of which 32.2 percent were cleared. Last year reported the second lowest number of offenses in the five-year trend, the high being 283 in 2008.

Arrests last year, 30, were at their lowest in the five-year trend, down 77.1 percent from 2011; the high being 317 in 2008. Of the 2012 arrests, 29 were adults and one juvenile.

In Group B offenses, DUIs saw three adult arrests, and one adult for disorderly conduct.

Cottonwood Police Department

Larceny was the top offense for CPD in 2012: 10 reported (zero cleared). Other top offenses included seven vandalisms (three cleared) and one case each of burglary and drug/narcotics (zero cleared in each).

Overall, 20 offenses were invested by CPD in 2012, down 31 percent from the prior year (and also the five-year high of 29), of which 15 percent were cleared. Last year was the five-year low for offenses.

Last year, 11 arrests were made (the five-year low), down 42.1 percent from 2011, of which eight were adults and three juveniles. The five-year high for arrests was 32 in 2008.

For Group B offenses, one adult was arrested for DUI.

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