Crime of the Week: How Did This Happen? #MCCrimeStoppers #GVCopBeat

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Crime Stoppers LogoThis week Crime Stoppers needs your help in identifying and locating the subject that caused damage to a wall located in the 700 Block of Glenwood Avenue.

Sometime during the morning of Wednesday, November 4th, a 10 foot section of the cinder block wall was damaged and knocked down. The unknown suspect may have struck the wall with a vehicle while leaving the business parking lot located south of the victim’s property. The total estimated property damage is over $300.

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


He Fought the Law, and the Law Won #GVCopBeat

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MANCUSOJimmy Mancuso, 25, was arrested shortly after midnight on November 20, for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of bond conditions, resisting arrest, and obstructing police, as well as outstanding warrants.

Leading up to the arrest, an officer with the Grand Junction Police Department observed a vehicle turn from North Avenue onto 29 Road, failing to signal the turn.  The officer initiated a traffic stop on the car.  The driver of the car provided identification to the officer.  The passenger declined to identify himself.  The officer prepared to issue a traffic summons to the driver for failure to signal, and release him.  That would be the end of the story.


Two subjects arrived at the scene on foot, stating that the passenger (the one that had declined to identify himself) sent one of them a text, requesting that they come pick him up.  The subjects identified the passenger as Jimmy Mancuso.  The officer was able to positively identify Mancuso by locating a picture of him in local police records.  The officer was also able to confirm that Mancuso had two active felony warrants for his arrest.

At this time, officers approached the passenger door of the vehicle, to inform Mr. Mancuso of their findings.  Not receptive to the news, Mancuso jumped from the passenger seat to the driver’s side of the car, and attempted to drive from the scene.  Officers were able to prevent Mancuso from starting the car, and instructed him to exit the vehicle, as he was under arrest.  Again, Mancuso refused.  Officers removed him from the vehicle, and Mancuso continued to resist arrest by attempting to run and being physically non-compliant to the instruction given by the officers.

Once officers were able to place handcuffs on Mancuso, they located several hypodermic needles sticking out of his jacket pocket.  A K9 unit had arrived on scene by this time, and Joker, our police K9, alerted to the presence of illegal drugs in the vehicle.  A backpack, which was located in the front passenger area where Mancuso was sitting, was searched, and revealed more needles and several other items associated with drug use, including a substance which tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine.

Officers noted that Mancuso was on bond for previous drug charges.  A condition of his bond was that he not consume or possess controlled substances.  Mancuso was transported to the Mesa County Jail.

He Stole a Coach Wallet, Cash, Credit Cards and More. Know Him? #GVCopBeat #MCCrimeStoppers

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The Grand Junction Police Department needs your help to identify and locate a subject that was involved in fraudulent activity.

On Wednesday, September 16th, unknown subjects broke the window of a dark blue 2004 Lexus located off Rapid Creek Road and Hwy 6 near the Palisade Rim Trail parking lot. The suspects removed a Tignanello purse and wallet, and a Coach wallet, both with credit cards and cash. Credit cards from the stolen wallet were later used by the male subject at Ross Stores located at 2424 Highway 6 & 50. Video surveillance captured a male subject with a goatee, wearing a red shirt, dark shorts and a camouflage hat. The surveillance photo of the suspect can be viewed at Crime of the Week 111915

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

Colorado Is Home To Spectacular Views, Apart From This Graffiti…Know Who Did This? #MCCrimeStoppers #GVCopBeat

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Crime Stoppers is requesting information that will lead to the identification of the suspects involved in vandalizing several properties. Sometime between October 26 and early October 27th, unknown suspects spray painted graffiti on the Fruita Paleo Area trailhead. The McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area was also spray painted with the same graffiti and
other vulgar images and language last week. A photo of the graffiti can be viewed at  BLM

If you know the identity or whereabouts of the subjects involved in this crime, please contact 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

GJPD Arrests Former Business Owner for Burglary #GVCopBeat

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LEWISRecently, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were made aware of a series of burglaries at a local business.  Specifically, the Canyon View Car Wash, at 2258 Broadway, has been burglarized ten time in the last four months, according to surveillance footage from the business.

Prior to last night’s activity, it was determined that the most common time for the burglaries to occur were Wednesday nights, between the hours of 8:00pm and 9:00pm.  Suspect information was generated in the course of the investigation and, last night, officers began surveillance in and around the business.  Shortly after 8:30pm, the suspect arrived at the location, entered the building, and proceeded to remove money from a vending machine inside.

Officers observed that the vending machine was entered with a key.  It was determined that the suspect was a previous owner of the business, identified as Roxanne Lewis, age 58.

Ms. Lewis was placed into custody and remanded to the the Mesa County Jail, on charges of Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, and Theft.

Two GJPD Officers Struck by Reckless Driver #GVCopBeat

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IMG_4238 (2)Shortly after 4:00pm, on Wednesday, November 11, two officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were fortunate to be uninjured when they were struck by a vehicle that disobeyed a traffic diversion near N. 7th Street and Patterson Road.  Eastbound lanes of traffic near the area were blocked, due to an unrelated three car accident at the location.

Officers were diverting traffic west of N. 7th Street on Patterson Road, while investigating a car accident that occurred at around 3:30pm, and were waiting for the involved vehicles to be removed from the roadway.  At approximately 4:15pm, the driver of a silver Ford F150 truck drove past the officer directing traffic, and proceeded into a lane that was closed to travel.  When the officer attempted to stop the driver, later identified as Denzil Harward, age 67, Harward accelerated, hitting the officer’s duty belt with the front of his truck.  Harward then proceeded eastbound on Patterson.  The officer was able to air this information to other officers in the area, who saw the truck approaching, and also attempted to stop it.  As the truck began to drive past these officers, as well, one officer on scene was struck on his right hand by the truck’s passenger side mirror, with enough force to break the mirror away from the body of the truck.  At this time, Harward stopped and exited the vehicle.  He was immediately placed into custody.

Denzil Harward was charged with Reckless Endangerment and Obstructing an Officer, and was released on a summons from the Grand Junction Police Department.

GJPD Offering Safe Hotels Program #GVCopBeat

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Safe Community LogoCommunity Resource officers with the Grand Junction Police Department will be offering a valuable training about the Safe Hotels program on Thursday, November 19, from 12pm-5pm, at the Police Department at 555 Ute Avenue.

The Safe Hotels program is a simple, effective way to reduce police calls for service at hotels and motels, benefitting not only guests and staff, but also nearby residents.  The program is geared toward owners of hotels and motels, property managers, maintenance supervisors, and any other staff that have a vested interest in the quality of their accommodations.

Attendees will learn about the benefits of the program, including receiving a weekly report of calls for service on your property and an evaluation to identify environmental areas that could be addressed to reduce crime at the location.  Your participation in the program also allows us to list your business on our City website, for people seeking safe locations to stay in Grand Junction, as well as the option for you to use the program’s logo on your own marketing materials!  You will also have a direct point of contact with an officer that knows you and your property, so we can better serve you.  Don’t miss out!

Please note that Safe Hotels is replacing the previous Crime Free Hotels program.  If you’ve attended a Crime Free training in the past, we would still encourage you to sign up for this month’s presentation, to see what’s new and improved about the program!

To register for this free program, please call or email Officer David Keech, at (970)549-5336, or