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Kamiah woman arrested for burglary; sheriff’s office seeks info on similar area incidents

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— A Kamiah woman was arrested for burglary last week, and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office suspects she may have been involved in several more area incidents.

A Dec. 20 preliminary hearing is set for Bobbie May Sanford, 36, on felony charges of burglary and possession of a controlled substance.

Regional law enforcement agencies have received information of incidents in Kamiah, on Kidder Ridge and Orofino involving a woman found inside the person’s home, and on discovery the person claims to be on a legitimate errand but is mistakenly at the wrong home.

“Anyone who has had any dealings with finding someone in their house who is not invited,” said ICSO Lt. Doug Ulmer, though it is claimed to be an accident, “she’s probably there to rip you off.” ICSO is seeking information from the public who may have experienced such incidents to assist in their investigation.

Charges against Sanford resulted from a Dec. 6 incident at 139 Dyche Road, according to an ICSO report. John Dyche reported to ICSO dispatch a suspicious vehicle parked in his driveway, and subsequently called 911 saying he found a woman in his home with an armload of his and his wife’s personal belongings. Dyche held the woman, later identified as Sanford, at gunpoint until ICSO Cpl. Keith Olsen arrived.

During the investigation, Sanford was alleged to have been in possession of designer jeans and other clothing items belonging to the couple. The Dyches also reported missing jewelry and money.

Ulmer said Sanford may be facing charges in other counties for similar offenses.

The incident raises something for potential burglars to be concerned about, according to Ulmer, the danger of trespassing into someone’s home or property.

“Idaho County people don’t tolerate it,” he said. “And usually, you’ll be met by someone with a gun.”


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