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Detectives looking to return stolen merchandise found at the home of serial burglar

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The following is a news release from the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.

BOISE – When Boise Police arrested Michael Tamburrino outside a Warm Springs Avenue home he broke into last month, it didn’t take investigators long to connect him to almost a dozen other break-ins all across Ada County.

Tamburrino is currently being held in the Ada County Jail on separate $500,000 and $250,000 bonds. He is charged with 24 felonies – including multiple burglary, grand theft, malicious injury to property, and drug possession charges.

The 40-year-old Tamburrino broke into homes all over north Ada County, including houses in Eagle, Avimor, Hidden Springs, and neighborhoods near Cartwright Road since late last summer.

In most of those cases, Tamburrino waited until people weren’t home — some were on vacation or gone for long periods of time — and pried open doors to gain access. He also went through a few unlocked garage doors. Once inside, he stole a lot of stuff, including guns, jewelry, electronics, watches, money, small safes, and bikes.

Our deputies recovered a lot of stolen stuff from Tamburrino’s residence in Star while serving a search warrant on Jan. 18.

Since then, they’ve been able to return quite a bit of the stolen items to victims – but there remains a whole bunch of stuff unaccounted for, including a 1940s era Rolex watch, a Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation pocket watch, and a whole bunch of expensive jewelry.

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Courtesy Ada County Sheriff’s Office

There is evidence Tamburrino may have broken into other homes, beginning as early as June 2018, so we want to know if anyone recognizes any of these items. We would love to reunite them with their owners.

Anyone with information should call (208) 577-3597 or email

Boise Police arrested Tamburrino the night of Jan. 17 after responding to a report of a burglary in progress at a home in the 2600 block of Warm Springs Avenue. An Ada County Sheriff’s K9 deputy, working with Boise Police, found Tamburrino hiding in some bushes near the home. He had several stolen items from the home in his possession.

It was during that investigation detectives developed evidence linking Tamburrino with other break-ins across Ada County.