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Crime in Idaho County: 2017 - Larceny holds place as region’s top crime

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Stealing other people’s stuff: Larceny was Idaho County’s top reported offense for 2017, according to the 2017 Crime in Idaho report released by Idaho State Police.

Last year, 96 offenses were reported total for the three enforcement agencies – Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO), and Grangeville (GPD) and Cottonwood (CPD) police departments – with arrests made of 20 adults and one juvenile. Of these offenses, 25 were cleared.

Of the county’s remaining top five offenses, drugs – both narcotics and equipment violations – were two and three on the list. Drug equipment cases totaled 65 (63 cleared) with 19 adult arrests, and narcotics offenses were 60 (59 cleared) with 64 adults and six juveniles arrested. Simple assault cases totaled 53 (42 cleared) with 36 adults and one juvenile arrested, and a total 49 offenses were reported of destruction of property (nine were cleared, and four adults arrested).

Overall, 443 Group “A” offenses (comprised of three categories: crimes against persons, property and society) were reported in 2017, which is up 3.75 percent from the prior year, with 255 of these cleared (57.56 percent). Last year was the second highest offense count for Idaho County within the last five years, the high being 464 in 2013.

Other notable offences for last year: burglary/breaking and entering, 43; aggravated assault, 25; and fraud, 17.

In 2017, a total 434 arrests were made, down 1.81 percent from the prior year, of which 413 were adults and 21 were juveniles. Last year, arrests were at their fourth lowest within the last five years, the high being 449 in 2015.

Last year, three hate crimes were reported; two with GPD and one with ICSO. For the state overall, 51 were reported, up 15.91 percent from 2016.

Breaking It Down

Idaho County Sheriff’s Office

For 2017, reported offenses were down 3.34 percent for a total 289; the fourth lowest within the last five years. Of these 213 were cleared (73.7 percent).

Top five offenses for 2017: drug equipment, 60 (60 cleared); narcotics, 55 (55 cleared); larceny/theft, 51 (16 cleared); simple assault, 35 (34 cleared); and burglary, 25 (eight cleared). Other notable offenses: destruction of property, 23; aggravated assault, 15; and fraud, six.

Last year, 331 arrests were made, down 6.5 percent from 2016; third highest total within five years. Of these, 321 were adults and 10 were juveniles.

Grangeville Police Department

Last year, 136 total offenses were reported, up 17.24 percent from 2016, with 38 cleared (27.94 percent). 2017 was the second highest year for offenses within the last five.

For 2017, larceny was the top crime within city limits with 41 offenses reported (nine cleared). Following were destruction of property, 24 (two cleared); burglary, 18 (three cleared); simple assault, 15 (seven cleared); and aggravated assault, 8 (seven cleared). Other notable offenses: fraud, 7; drug equipment and narcotics, five each; and statuory rape, three.

GPD made 95 arrests in 2017, up 25 percent from the year prior, of which 87 were adults and eight juveniles. Arrests were at their third highest within the last five years.

Cottonwood Police Department

In 2017, 18 total offenses were reported with the agency, a 50 percent increase from the prior year, with four cleared (22.22 percent). With the last five years, this was the third highest total for CPD.

Last year, fraud and larceny were the top offenses at four each (with zero cleared in both), followed by simple assault, 2 (one cleared); and two reports each of aggravated assault (one cleared) and destruction of property (zero cleared).

CPD made eight arrests (down 33.33 percent from 2016): five adults and three juveniles.


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