All three thefts occurred on the same day, November 16, 2014, within hours of each other, and occurred in Fruita, Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs.
In each case the group walks into the restaurant and ask the front desk employee about accommodating a large group of approximately 14-15 people for a birthday meal. While the employees are attempting to accommodate the group, one or two of the suspects go into the restaurant office area and take wallets, cash and credit cards belonging to employees and the restaurants. In the surveillance video of the Grand Junction theft a woman can also be seen going through items behind the front counter. Once the theft is completed, they quickly leave the restaurant as a group.
If you have any information about these suspects please contact our non-emergency dispatch number at 970-242-6707 or contact Crime Stoppers by calling 970-241-7867 or online at 241STOP.com.
SUSPECT DESCRIPTIONS: There are 4-5 suspects in this group, typically one male and four females. All four females appear to be Hispanic and the male appears to be white.
S1 – WM, approximately 40-50 yoa, 5’8, slim to medium build – he wears a wig in the Glenwood Springs incident, but is seen with thinning hair in other video
S2 – HF, approximately 40 years old, 5’0 to 5’6, 120-150 lbs
S3 – HF, approximately 20-25 years old, 5’5 to 5’8, 105-120 lbs
S4 – HF, approximately 20-25 years old, 5’4 to 5’8, 105-120 lbs
S5 – HF, approximately 18-25 years old, 5’3 to 5’6, 115-130 lbs
The Fruita Police Department needs your help to identify the suspects involved in vandalism.
Sometime during the early morning hours of Tuesday, October 28th, unknown suspects damaged three Semi-Tractors parked at Accurate Construction located at 500 Greenway Drive in Fruita. The suspects used an
unknown type of firearm to shoot the radiators of the trucks. The total estimated property damage is over $15,000.
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 www.241stop.com.
Fruita PD Case # 14-7699
Local Senior Citizens Being Targeted By Scammers: Recent Losses In The Tens of Thousands of Dollars #GVCopBeat
Scammers who are targeting senior citizens aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. We are continuing to hear from residents who have been targeted in various scams, including the lottery sweepstakes scam that continues to hit our area. Unfortunately for at least one local victim, the scammers made off with more than $25,000, and we believe there are likely other people out there that either haven’t realized they are victims yet, or who simply have not come forward to report it.
The scam can look like a simple letter, or a more elaborate package of documents; it seems the versions are unlimited. The documents often claim the organization is international or from another country. What they all have in common, however, is they state the recipient of the mailing has won a large sum of money in a lottery or sweepstakes, and the only thing the person needs to do to claim the prize is to send money to cover the taxes, processing, etc. Sometimes the scammer will include a bogus check with the mailing, instructing the person to deposit that check into a bank account and immediately mail back the money to cover costs. Those checks are fake, but by the time the victim realizes it his or her own money is long gone.
While these scams have the potential to hit any of us, it appears they are especially able to target senior citizens. Seniors should be particularly cautious about responding to unsolicited mailings or phone calls. Some things to consider are that if you didn’t enter a contest or lottery, you aren’t going to win it, and that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Also consider that the IRS will contact you directly should you owe them money, not use a third party to collect from you.
Unfortunately the vast majority of these scams originate overseas, so there is little our agency can do once your money is gone. That’s why we continue to educate our community about what scams we are seeing, with the hope that we can prevent people from becoming victims in the first place. Listen to an interview with one of our fraud investigators to learn more about other scams we see here, or visit our website for a list of other types of scams that frequently come through our area.
This week Crime Stoppers of Mesa County is requesting information that will lead to the identification of the male involved in a burglary.
Shortly before 4 a.m. on Saturday, August 30th, an unknown male forced entry into the Vivid Smoke Shop located at 2454 Hwy 6 & 50. Once inside, the male subject caused over $1,000 in property damage and stole items valued over $2,400. The male subject wore a white hoodie with the hood up. The surveillance photo of the suspect is posted with this blog entry.
If you know the identity or whereabouts of the subject 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 www.241stop.com .
Holy Family School is resuming normal operations following the Shelter in Place this afternoon. The whereabouts of the robbery suspects who crashed their pickup near the canal and 27 Rd are unknown at this time. If anyone has information about the location of the suspects we ask they call 970-242-6707.
Officers Looking for Robbery Suspects; Holy Family School in Shelter in Place As a Precaution #GVCopBeat
The Grand Junction Police Department is working with other local law enforcement agencies to locate 2 robbery suspects. The robbery happened 2 days ago in Fruita, and the suspects were seen today in a vehicle that crashed near the canal north of 27 Rd and H Rd.
Holy Family School is currently in shelter in place as a precaution while we look for the suspects.
Suspects are described as an adult male, 18-20 years old, wearing black hoodie and blue jeans. The female is also 18-20 years old, also wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans.
If you have any information about the location of these suspects please call 911.
Shortly after 4:45 am on Friday, September 12th, video surveillance captured a white or Hispanic male with a medium build, 5’6” to 5’8” tall, wearing a jersey with the #20 on it, shorts and a baseball cap using a metal or wooden rod to strike the rear glass door to the business. After an unsuccessful attempt to gain entry into the business the suspect fled the scene. The total property damage is over $400. A photo of the suspect is included with this blog post.
If you know the identity or whereabouts of the subject 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 www.241stop.com.
The suspect from tonight’s incident is Gary Lee Swenson, 37, of Fruita. He is currently a Colorado Department of Corrections parolee, wanted for absconding (warrant). He was taken into custody without incident after SWAT officers and negotiators convinced him to come out of a home in Fruita. He has been booked into the Mesa County Jail.
Photos from today’s arrest are below.
Officers and deputies from multiple law enforcement agencies are in Fruita attempting to apprehend a wanted fugitive. SWAT members from the Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office used a rescue vehicle, also known as the BearCat, to get negotiators close to a house in a neighborhood off of K 6/10 Rd where the fugitive is known to be inside.
Residents in homes on St. Peppin Dr. off of K 6/10 Rd have been notified to shelter in place until the incident is resolved.
We will continue to send updates when possible.