The lawns may be covered in snow right now, but that isn’t slowing thieves who are looking to cash in on parts of local sprinkler systems. This time of year we often begin taking theft reports involving backflow prevention devices. Thieves steal these metal parts and sell them for cash at scrap metal yards. With the increasing prices for brass and copper, thieves are targeting these devices more frequently. And, with no water in the sprinkler system plumbing right now, thieves can steal the preventers without anyone seeing a fountain of water escaping from the system, making it harder for their victims to even realize they’ve been ripped off.
Victims of this type of theft are not only out the cost of the device itself, but thieves often do extensive damage to the sprinkler system when they steal them. There are some simple things you can do to make your backflow preventer less appealing to thieves:
- Paint the device. Painted devices are worth a fraction of the value of unpainted.
- Use shrubs to hide the device from plain sight.
- Stamp or label the metal on the device denoting ownership.
- Install backflow equipment enclosures that lock the devices inside metal cages.
We’ve posted a flyer with more information here.
This week Crime Stoppers of Mesa County needs your help to locate the subjects that were involved in a theft from auto.
Sometime between 7 a.m. on Saturday, November 23rd and 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 28th, unknown suspect(s) entered the victim’s 1989 blue Ford F150. While inside the vehicle, suspect(s) removed three bottles of prescribed medication.
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.
Case # 13-58889
The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating another report of a vehicle that was stolen while “puffing.” Puffing refers to the “puff” of exhaust that can be seen on cold days when vehicles are left running without anybody in them.
This morning, just before 8am, officers were dispatched to the 900 block of White Ave. for a report of a stolen vehicle. The owner said she left it running in front of her house to warm up, and a thief took full advantage of the opportunity. The owner said she thought she had locked the doors with the key fob, but the thief was able to drive off with it anyway.
The vehicle is a 2007 powder blue Toyota Rav 4 with license plate number 069 KPV. If you have any information about this theft or have seen this vehicle please call 970-242-6707.
A similar theft happened earlier this week. A man parked his pickup in front of a convenience store near 29 Rd and North Ave. and left it running while he went inside for a quick cup of coffee. He came out in time to see someone driving off in his pickup, squealing the tires as it turned the corner.
The Western Colorado Auto Theft Task Force reminds all drivers to warm up with your car, and never leave it running unattended.
For more information about preventing your car from being stolen visit www.lockdownyourcar.org.
This week we wrapped up (literally!) our annual Shop With A Cop events, with eleven more wonderful kids. This time we were at the Mesa Mall, which along with many of the mall stores, made generous donations to each child. When you combine all of the gift cards, free items, and discounts, each shopper made off with a couple hundred dollars worth of presents. On top of that, each child was treated to breakfast at the McDonald’s at the mall and lunch at Chuck E Cheese’s.
The generosity did end there. Not only did the kids have a blast as they cruised the stores buying items for their families, we passed countless other shoppers who happened to be in the mall that day, and many of them were also smiling, as if the joy in the kids’ hearts was contagious to those around them. Some of those other shoppers even opened up their wallets, spontaneously donating ten bucks here, another fifty there.
As we said in our previous post about Shop With A Cop, there are always stories from the kids that we will remember. Whether it be the little girl who had never been to the mall before and really wasn’t sure what it was all about, to the little boy who had never been to McDonald’s before, to the girl who was so excited that she finally had a chance to do something nice for her siblings, each of these kids are so deserving, and we are so fortunate to have been able to spend time with them.
As Christmas nears, we hope that all of you get a chance to experience something similar to what these kids give us every year during Shop With A Cop. And all of that is only possible because of the huge hearts and generosity of businesses and organizations in our community. Thank you to everyone who made the 2013 Shop With A Cop events so successful.
A photo album from this event is posted on our Facebook page.
A link to the KREX news story on this event can be found here.
Local law enforcement SWAT teams will be parked outside the Target wing of the Mesa Mall on Saturday, December 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., collecting toy donations for the local Toys for Tots drive. Toys for Tots organizes and distributes all donated toys locally to families less fortunate. There are many locations to donate this holiday season, but stuffing the Bearcat has become an annual tradition for SWAT members with the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. The Bearcat is a rescue vehicle, shared between local law enforcement agencies. Most recently, the Bearcat was filled with non-perishable and canned foods all donated to the local Vet Center, in an effort to help feed local veterans in need.
If you aren’t able to make it to Mesa Mall this Saturday to drop-off your donated gift(s) to Toys for Tots, you can always leave your donations this week in the bins at the MCSO at 215 Rice Street, and the GJPD at 555 Ute Avenue, both in Grand Junction.
The City of Grand Junction is no longer on Accident Alert. Officers will again be responding to non-injury accidents.
The City of Grand Junction went on Accident Alert status at 10pm on Saturday, December 7 due to the hazardous driving conditions. That means if you are involved in a crash and
- no one is injured
- no one is intoxicated
- no one needs a tow truck
then simply exchange registration, insurance, and contact information with the other drivers and report it to the police department within 48 hours. You can report the crash by stopping by the police department at 555 Ute Ave during business hours, or call 970-242-6707.
We will update this post once the Accident Alert status is canceled.
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“To serve and protect” can mean a lot of things. Often times, when we fulfill that mission, we are the ones who benefit. In fact, it happens every year at this time during our annual Shop With a Cop events.
On Thursday, we had the honor of taking 11 wonderful kids, who were chosen by their schools, shopping at the Rimrock Walmart for our first 2013 Shop With a Cop. We picked them up, treated them to breakfast at McDonald’s, and then hit the aisles, picking out the perfect presents for their loved ones, and even a few things for themselves. The kids each had a list of who they wanted to shop for, and with the help of the Walmart employees who volunteered their time, we filled nearly a dozen carts full of gifts.
Because we do this each year, we have collected a number of stories from the kids. It never fails; at least one of them always says something that goes straight to your heart and shows that these kids know exactly what this time of year is all about. This is this year’s story:
Each kid received a $150 shopping card to cover their purchases. With an officer assigned to each shopper, they kept track of every item that made its way into a cart to make sure the shopper didn’t go over his or her budget. One young man completed his shopping list and asked how much he had left. Sure enough, there was a small amount still available. The child, surrounded by aisles of possible purchases that any kid would love to have for their own, smiled and said to the officer and Walmart employee with him, “Great. Maybe I can get something for you two.”
To see the full photo album of this event, visit us on Facebook.
News coverage of this Shop With a Cop:
This week the Grand Junction Police Department needs your help in locating the suspect involved in a weapons violation.
On Friday, August 23rd between midnight and 4:00 am an unknown subject unlawfully discharged a firearm at a residence in the 2300 block of Gunnison Avenue. The property damage is in excess of $500.
If you know the identity or location 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
GJPD # 12-00040330
The City of Grand Junction is on Accident Alert at this time due to the winter weather. That means if you are involved in a crash and
- no one is injured
- no one is intoxicated
- and no one needs a tow truck
then simply exchange registration, insurance, and contact information with the other drivers involved and report it to the police department within 48 hours. You can report it by stopping by the police station at 555 Ute Ave. or by calling 970-242-6707.
We will update this post when Accident Alert status is lifted.
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