Overnight the Grand Junction Police Department arrested a 16-year-old male and charged him with first degree aggravated motor vehicle theft and criminal impersonation. The teen is believed to have stolen a pickup truck that was left running unattended in the driveway of a home in the 2800 block of Texas Ave. Officers later found the truck crashed and abandoned in the 500 block of Normandy Dr. (Read previously released information here.)
In this case the witness was able to provide a suspect description. An officer responding to the crash spotted the teen who matched the description of the suspect and was running in the 2800 block of Orchard Ave., which is about 900 feet from the crash site. When the officer initially asked the teen what his name was he provided a false name and date of birth. The officer was able to obtain his true name and learned the teen had two outstanding arrest warrants. Officers also learned the teen was inside the stolen truck and that he knew it was a stolen vehicle.
We are still investigating to determine if this theft is related to other recent car thefts, and to identify any other people who might be involved in these crimes. If you have information about recent car thefts in our area or the identities of the suspects please call 970-242-6707 or report the information anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 970-241-7867 or online at 241STOP.com.
In just the last week there have been 7 stolen vehicles in Grand Junction and Mesa County. Each of those were “puffing”, meaning they were left running unattended. This makes them easy targets for car thieves. Remember- if you have to warm your car up before driving it, warm up with it, even if you only plan to leave it running for a minute. For more information on preventing auto theft visit lockdownyourcar.org.
Another “Puffer” Vehicle Stolen in Grand Junction; Don’t Leave Your Car Running Unattended #GVCopBeat #puffercars
Tonight the Grand Junction Police Department is investigating another stolen vehicle case, and we again believe it was “puffing” at the time it was stolen. This is in addition to the handful of “puffer” vehicles stolen earlier this week and last weekend. (Previously released information can be found here).
“Puffing” got its name from the puff of exhaust seen coming from vehicles left running in cold temperatures. When these vehicles are left unattended they become easy targets for car thieves.
In tonight’s incident, a driver left his SUV running unattended in the 2800 block of Texas Ave. He only ran inside for a few minutes before coming back out to find the SUV was gone.
A GJPD officer spotted the stolen vehicle just a few minutes later and began a traffic stop, but the driver fled. The officer did not pursue it. Several minutes later we received a report of a crash at Brittany Dr. and Normandy Dr. It appears the driver of the stolen car crashed into a parked car near that intersection. The person or persons inside the stolen car ran off.
At this time we do not know if this case is related to the other stolen vehicle cases from this week. We are still investigating.
If you have any information about the suspects in this case, or others from this week, you can provide the information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 970-241-7867 or online at 241STOP.com.
DON’T BECOME A VICTIM OF AUTO THEFT. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS TURN OFF YOUR CAR, LOCK YOUR DOORS, AND TAKE YOUR KEYS WITH YOU.
Learn how to prevent auto theft at lockdownyourcar.org.
We continue to search for the two additional suspects in this case (previously released information can be found here), and believe they may be connected to three auto thefts that happened early this morning in and around Grand Junction. We have also learned the white Jeep SUV they crashed on the CMU campus was stolen in Alamosa.
At approximately 5:45 this morning, we received a call of a stolen Chevy Equinox in the 500 block of 28 1/4. We found a black Volkswagon Passat on scene that had been stolen earlier from the 700 block of Elm Ave.
Approximately 10 minutes later we received a report of a stolen Audi in the 500 block of W. Greenfield Cir. The suspects had ditched the Equinox at that location.
Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputies spotted the stolen Audi going into the Candlewood Mobile Home Park in Clifton and set up a perimeter. They found the Audi abandoned in the mobile home park but were not able to find the suspects.
In total we believe the suspects have been involved with at least four auto thefts (Jeep, Volkswagon, Chevy, Audi). Of those stolen vehicles we know at least two were left running unattended (puffing) at the time of the theft. The MCSO sent out a Community Notification message early this morning to residents near the Candlewood Mobile Home Park telling them to make sure their cars were locked and not to leave them running unattended.
If you have information about the identity or location of these suspects you can report it anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 970-241-7867 or online at 241STOP.com.
We are still trying to identify the person who fired a gun, sending a bullet through the pant leg of the victim in the 400 block of Chipeta Ave. last night (Sunday, January 18). The only description of the suspect at this time is a white male, approximately 6 feet tall and wearing a red hat. He may have left the area in a white passenger car.
If you have any information about the identity of the suspect, please call 970-242-6707. You can also report information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 970-241-7867 or online at 241STOP.com
The incident began just after 8:30 p.m. when a victim reported people in a white Jeep SUV pointed a gun at him while he was driving on Patterson Rd. A Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputy spotted the suspect vehicle near 28 1/4 Rd and Orchard Ave and began pursuing it south to North Ave, where it collided with another vehicle and then continued on. Once the suspects drove into a residential area, the deputy ended the pursuit.
At approximately 8:45 p.m. another MCSO deputy spotted the suspect vehicle heading west on Elm Ave. and he began following them. The suspects crossed 12th St. and continued onto a pedestrian area on the CMU campus. The driver eventually crashed into a fire hydrant on the football practice field near Cannell Ave. and the four people inside jumped out and began running.
Deputies called for a lockdown of the campus while they chased the suspects. Two of them have not been caught at this time. The lockdown was lifted at 9:15 p.m. They are described as men, 5’8″ tall with brown hair, and last seen wearing black clothing. If you have information about their identities or locations please call 970-242-6707.
The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating a report of shots fired in the 400 block of Chipeta Ave.
Just after 6:00 p.m. officers responded to a verbal disturbance and a shots fired call. The victim had run from the scene, but officers later found him nearby hiding in a tree. It appears a bullet did go through his pants, but missed his body. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution to be evaluated.
At this time we have not located the suspect. Investigators are on scene gathering information and evidence. We will post more information as it becomes available.
On Sunday, December 13, 2014 a white male, about 6’ tall with curly blonde hair, approximately 26-27 years old attempted to pay with a counterfeit $20 bill at Stop N Save located at 723 Horizon Drive. The surveillance photo of the suspect is included with this blog post.
If you know the identity or whereabouts of this subject, 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 Grand Junction Police Department responded to the Avalon Theatre last night, after audience members became angry with the performance of comedian Ralphie May.
Prior to police officers arriving, private security guards had to escort a handful of people out of the theater who were yelling at May during his performance. The Avalon staff called 911 when 15-20 angry audience members began gathering in the lobby, demanding their money back, complaining that May was intoxicated.
Four officers arrived on scene and quickly calmed the group and de-escalated the situation. No one was hurt during the incident, and further investigation showed no laws were broken so there were no arrests or citations issued. Officers escorted May to his bus to ensure his safety. May and his crew then left town.
The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating a stabbing that took place in front of a home in the 400 block of Melody Ln today.
Witnesses told police they saw 29-year-old Victor Green attack his father with a knife and heard him threaten to kill his father. Officers observed several wounds to the father’s hands and a cut on his side that went through the clothing.
The father said Green confronted him in the driveway and started yelling at him. He told Green to leave at which point Green pulled out a large knife and cut him. The father tackled Green and held him on the ground until officers arrived. The father said Green had threatened to kill him on the previous night for not giving him money.
Both men were taken to the hospital. Victor was later released and officers booked him into jail, charged with criminal attempt to commit first degree murder, first degree assault with injury, and violation of a protection order. The protection order prohibited Victor from possessing a weapon.
Did You Hit the Lock Button? GJPD Reminding Car Owners to Lock Up After String of Break-ins #GVCopBeat
We took several reports this week from car owners in the Redlands who said someone broke into their cars and stole items. In one of the cases the victim reported her car was stolen. Luckily the thieves left it parked down the street from the victim’s home.
What do they all have in common? All of the vehicles were unlocked at the time of the break-ins.
The vast majority of car break-ins in our area and the vast majority of car thefts in our area involve vehicles that were not locked. A good number of those cars also had the keys in them, making it very easy for the thieves to get in, take items, or even take the car itself.
Remember to ALWAYS lock your car.
For more information about preventing auto theft visit lockdownyourcar.org.