SAGLE, Idaho-- KREM 2 News discovered what three Boundary County boys were up to after running away from home and spending one week in the woods. Authorities said the trio was up to much more than hiding from their foster parents.
Authorities found Cody Pinson, Ethan Pinson, and Dakota Pinson on Wednesday around noon in Bonner County. The kids were southwest of Lake Pend Oreille. Boundary County Sheriff’s deputies asked for the public’s help Tuesday to find the boys. They had been missing since Thursday, August 15 according to deputies.
Law enforcement from Boundary County Sheriff’s Office, the F.B.I., Bonners Ferry Police Department, Ponderay Police Department and Bonner County Sheriff’s Office all helped search for the kids.
A former officer caught the boys entering a home near Sagle and detained them.
The boys were allegedly burglarizing homes in the area and storing their loot at a campsite in the woods according to the former officer. Neighbors said the boys stole everything from rifles to shotguns to rare coins.
Mike Abolafia, a retired police officer from New York, said he heard on Monday that his neighbor’s home was burglarized. He said the alleged suspects took guns, rare silver coins, alcohol, and medication. Abolafia said the burglars returned the next night and left. On Wednesday, a neighbor asked Abolafia to check on their place while they ran errands.
"I stood by the door a sec, and then I heard sounds coming through the woods," said Abolafia. “When I went to surprise them, I actually came out right here in full view, put my hand on my firearm and told them ‘stop, freeze.’"
Police said the burglars were the missing Pinson boys who range from age nine to 15. Authorities found the stolen items at the boys’ campsite a few hundred yards into the woods. Abolafia said the campsite was about eight miles off of the main road.
“They had been camping there for several days before they started the burglary spree," added Abolafia.
KREM 2 News trekked to the campsite and found a fire pit, cigarettes, and bullet casings. Abolafia said he is glad that nobody got hurt.
"But it was an awful lot of ammunition and weaponry for a 14 and 15 year old,” he added. “And that bothers me more than the fact that people can come this far up to a remote area and burgle homes."
All three boys have been charged with several counts of burglary.
Dakota and Cody have been returned to their foster parents. Ethan is in police custody. Cody and Ethan are biological brothers but all three are adopted.