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Traveling burglar hits businesses in Riggins for $4,700

'Wherever he happens to go, bad things happen to people'

Joseph Coleman Hodge, taken in 2015

Credit: Idaho County Sheriff's Office
Joseph Coleman Hodge, taken in 2015

— Several thousands of dollars were taken in burglaries of four Riggins’ businesses last week by who authorities say is a nationally traveling burglar.


Idaho County Sheriff's Office

Vehicle driven by suspect Joseph Coleman Hodge, a person of interest in the June 13 Riggins' burglaries.

The suspect is Joseph Coleman Hodge, 55, of Jacksonville, Fla. He is believed to be driving a Honda Odyssey van displaying a Florida license plate. The vehicle appears to have been home spray-painted dark blue or black.

“We definitely want the public to be aware of who he is and what he’s driving,” said Detective Jerry Johnson, Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO). Hodge is known to change his appearance – cut or let his hair grow long – and his vehicle by using an inexpensive paint can application.

Hodge is a person of interest in these burglaries, as well as similar incidents that recently occurred in Lewiston and New Meadows.

The Riggins Main Street burglaries occurred last Wednesday, June 13, from 12:30 to 2:30 a.m., involving the River Rock Café, The Creamery, Wilderness Eatery and River Adventures Jet Tours. Forced entry was made on two businesses. According to investigator, deputy Scott Paulsen, $4,700 in cash was taken total in these incidents.

In addition to these, Hodge is suspected to have committed burglaries in Lewiston on June 12, then Riggins and New Meadows on June 13 while travelling southbound.

Investigators have information Hodge may have been last seen in Colorado. According to Johnson, Hodge is alleged to travel the country committing burglaries along the way. He has been under investigation for some time by federal law enforcement.

“Wherever he happens to go, bad things happen to people,” Johnson said. “He’s going to continue to do it until he gets caught.”

Anyone with information on Hodge is asked to contact Deputy Paulsen at the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office at 208-983-1100, option 0.


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