Breaking into Your Car Takes Seconds. So Does Preventing It. #GVCopBeat #MCSO #PufferCars #MCCrimeStoppers
In the last two months, the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office have taken a combined total of 16 motor vehicle theft reports in which the keys were left in the unlocked vehicle. Of those sixteen reports, eleven of the vehicles were running and unattended at the time of the theft, commonly referred to as “puffing.”
There has been a lot of education regarding puffing in the last several weeks. Certainly, we don’t want anyone to be a victim of this preventable crime. But perhaps one element of puffing has been overlooked; the danger it presents in the community. Individuals that steal a car are committing a felony—they don’t want to be caught. There have been several reports of vehicles matching the description of stolen cars driving erratically and at high rates of speed throughout the City and County. This places others on the road in danger, not to mention the thief, as well. One of the vehicles that was stolen had a loaded handgun in the car at the time it was taken. Certainly, a firearm ending up in the hands of a criminal is a concern, to say the least.
Please, don’t leave your car running and unattended for any reason, for any length of time. If you are not in your car, your keys shouldn’t be, either.
The Grand Junction Police Department is currently seeking assistance from the public in solving these crimes. If you know anything about these car thefts, please call non-emergency dispatch at (970)242-6707. You can also contact Crime Stoppers of Mesa County at (970)241-STOP, or online at www.241STOP.com, if you’d like to remain anonymous.
Also, we want you to be aware of any suspicious vehicles in your neighborhood, or on your street. Three of the vehicles stolen out of the city of Grand Junction are still missing. They are described as follows:
- 2002 silver Ford Ranger pickup, with dents on the truck bed, both sides, and the rear bumper, plate number 139OQW
- 2015 white Toyota Sienna minivan, plate number QPD943
- 2004 red Chevy Cavalier, faded hood and roof, bad tinting in the rear window, “Brown Gold” sticker in rear window with antlers on it, plate number 929YGR
Pay attention to vehicles in your area that may be abandoned, or are not familiar to you in your neighborhood. Although the license plates listed above were on the vehicles at the time they were stolen, they may have been removed by now. If you see a vehicle that matches the description of the vehicles listed above, please call non-emergency dispatch at (970)242-6707.
Again, these were preventable crimes. We can’t stress enough the importance of protecting yourself, your property, and your community, by keeping your car locked and your keys in your possession whenever it’s unattended. Not only is puffing risky, but it’s also against the law.
Three adults were arrested after an investigation conducted by the Grand Junction Police Department and the Western Colorado Drug Task Force into allegations of a local business delivering marijuana to customers on a “donation” basis.
In late September of last year, the Grand Junction Police Department and the Western Colorado Drug Task Force began an investigation into a local company that was advertising their services for delivery of marijuana. The operation had developed business cards, a website, and a presence on social media to market their services. They claimed to be “donation based” and “not for profit,” which is a common ruse in which distributors attempt to avoid criminal prosecution.
Over the course of several months of investigation, the WCDTF orchestrated numerous controlled buys from the company. Detectives were able to identify two individuals who were primarily running the business out of their home in the 400 Block of Bulla Drive; Tavorus Sutton, 35, and Brianca Bishop, 30.
On January 27, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, and the Western Colorado Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at the residence. Sutton was contacted in his vehicle and was found to be in possession of several ounces of marijuana, marijuana concentrate, and drug paraphernalia. Business cards for the operation, as well as materials commonly used in the packaging of drugs, were also located.
Bishop was also contacted in her vehicle a short distance from the residence, with a juvenile passenger. Again, marijuana, marijuana concentrate, marijuana edibles, drug paraphernalia, business cards, and packaging materials were located in her possession.
During the execution of the search warrant at the residence, more than 12 pounds of marijuana concentrate and edibles were seized, as well as more than three pounds of raw marijuana. Additionally, multiple items of drug paraphernalia, packaging materials, advertising materials, and business records were found in the home. There were also various prescription pills located, identified to be schedule II controlled substances.
Two young children were identified as living in the home. The majority of the marijuana and related items were in plain view and unsecured, within easy reach of the children. There were marijuana infused edibles in the freezer next to common food items. There was also a loaded handgun found in a kitchen cabinet.
A third adult was contacted during the execution of the search warrant, identified as Antonio Cotton, 40. Cotton said he lived at the residence, and was babysitting one of the children in the home at the time. Due to the overwhelming amount of marijuana and related items in plain view throughout the residence, it’s reasonable that Cotton had clear knowledge of the distribution activities of the group.
All three subjects were arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Jail on the following charges:
Tavorus Sutton, 35, booked on two counts of Distribution of up to 5 lbs of Marijuana, or 2.5 lbs of Concentrate (DF2), Child Abuse (M3), Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance (DF4), Possession of a Firearm (DF1), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (PO2).
Brianca Bishop, 30, (mug not yet available) booked on two counts of Distribution of up to 5 lbs of Marijuana, or 2.5 lbs of Concentrate (DF2), two counts of Child Abuse (M3), Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance (DF4), Possession of a Firearm (DF1), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (PO2).
Antonio Cotton, 40, (mug not yet available) booked on two counts of Distribution of up to 5 lbs of Marijuana, or 2.5 lbs of Concentrate (DF2) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (PO2).
Crime Stoppers is requesting information that will lead to the identification of the suspects involved in several auto thefts.
Shortly after 5:00 am on Friday, January 23rd the Grand Junction Police Department, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado State Patrol responded to several auto thefts in Mesa County. All five vehicles that were reported stolen had been left running and unattended.
If you know the identity or location of the subjects involved in this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information, see us at http://www.241stop.com.
Yesterday, after a short standoff with officers with the Grand Junction Police Department, in the 2800 Block of North Avenue, Alexis Miranda-Ruiz, 24, of Grand Junction, was arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Jail.
Officers were alerted to a possible domestic violence related incident at the A&W Mobile Home Park at approximately 10:30am. Officers attempted to contact the involved parties by phone, but were unable to speak to anyone. Officers also knocked on the door of the reported location and used a megaphone to call out to the occupants of the home, with no response. Just less than two hours after the incident began, Alexis Miranda-Ruiz exited the trailer on his own, and was arrested without incident.
Miranda-Ruiz was booked on domestic violence related charges of Felony Menacing (F5), False Imprisonment (M2), and Sex Assault (F4).
Crime Stoppers is requesting information that will lead to the identification of the suspects involved in a Hit & Run accident.
Shortly before noon on Friday, December 11th, Grand Junction Police Department responded to Hit & Run accident that took place in the parking lot of Dairy Queen located at 709 North Avenue. The victim’s red 2014 Honda CRV was struck on the rear bumper by subjects that may have been driving a white sedan with a damaged brake light.
If you witnessed this accident or know the identity of the subjects involved in this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information, see us at http://www.241stop.com.
GJPD Case # 15-74405
The Grand Junction Police Department, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, and the Colorado State Patrol are investigating a string of car thefts that have occured across Mesa County this morning.
Shortly after 5:00am, a victim reported that he had left his vehicle running and unattended in the 300 Block of Summer Glen Drive to warm up. When he returned to the vehicle, it was gone.
Just after 6:00am, another reporting party called dispatch, stating that he, too, discovered his car stolen from the 2400 Block of Theresea Lane, which had also been left running and unattended. He also discovered an unknown vehicle left on his property, which was determined to be the original stolen vehicle from the 300 Block of Summer Glen, reported earlier in the morning.
This pattern continued throughout the morning, with the suspect abandoning the car from Theresea Lane in the 500 Block of Garland and stealing another car, which was subsequently abandoned in the the 3200 Block of Bunting Avenue, where a fourth vehicle was stolen. Ultimately, that fourth vehicle was recovered in the 2800 Block of Brittany Drive, where a fifth vehicle was stolen. That vehicle has not yet been recovered.
All five stolen vehicles were reported as being running and unattended at the time they were stolen. There is no suspect information at this time. The Grand Junction Police Department, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, and the Colorado State Patrol are conducting a joint investigation. More information will be released as it becomes available.
This week, rather than a blog post with a lot of facts and figures, take a look at this short video that highlights the various types of trainings our K9 officers and their handlers do each week. You’ll see Joker and Officer Earthman and Nero and Officer Hawkins in action. The video also features our friends from the Fruita Police Department, Officers Yaws and her partner, Talu, as well as Sgt. Sanders and Ox, with the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office. Enjoy!