The intersection at 25 1/2 Rd and Patterson Rd reopened at approximately 9:45 p.m.
The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating a serious injury crash that happened in the intersection of 25 1/2 Rd and Patterson Rd at about 6 p.m. this evening. At this point in the investigation we believe the driver of a van turned left in front of oncoming traffic on Patterson and was hit broadside by a driver in a pickup truck. The van then hit a second pickup truck that was on 25 1/2 Rd.
The driver of the van went to the hospital by ambulance with what appear to be serious injuries. The driver of the pickup that stuck him has what appear to be minor injuries.
The intersection is closed with the exception of one westbound lane of Patterson. It will likely remain closed for about another hour.
We are still investigating this crash. At this time we do not suspect alcohol had a role in the crash.
People are good. People in Grand Junction are good. And days like today are what make us honored and proud to serve this wonderful community.
This day was highlighted by two events that on the surface may seem completely opposite, but that truly highlight the spirit of this community: Shop with a Cop at Mesa Mall followed by a solemn salute to a fallen hero.
This morning we had the privilege of taking 11 kids on a shopping spree to buy gifts for their families, all thanks to the generous support of Mesa Mall, its merchants, and the Grand Junction Peace Officers Association. While the shopping itself is fun and full of laughter, it’s what the kids say that grabs our hearts. Take Alyssa, for example, who asked the cops she was shopping with if they could go to Boot Barn because there was a purse there that she really wanted. When she picked up the purse, she grinned from ear to ear. Then she spotted something else on the shelf; a watch. “I know my mom would LOVE this!” she said. She looked at the watch, looked at the purse, and looked at the watch again before saying, “I’m going to put the purse back. I really want my mom to have this watch.” Another little guy filled his cart with gifts for his four sisters. A TV news reporter interviewed him about what he thought of this event. His response? “If any kids happen to see this on TV I want them to know that if they don’t get any presents this Christmas they can have some of mine.” Yes, that made some of us tear up. These kids get it. They know what Christmas is all about.
As Shop With a Cop was wrapping up, a new emotional event was just beginning in our city. Air Force Capt. William Dubois was returning to home to his heartbroken family in Colorado after being killed in a plane crash while serving in the Middle East. Our department had the honor of coordinating and leading the procession to the funeral home. What happened in the streets of Grand Junction didn’t surprise us, but it is something we won’t soon forget. Nearly every inch of sidewalk, and in some parts of the route, the street itself, from the airport to Grand Ave. was lined with people holding flags, covering their hearts, and paying quiet respect for the young man who died serving our country. No words were needed, and in fact, no words could express the gratitude we and the people lining the streets have for Capt. Dubois and his family. We’ve included some short video clips from the procession, as this is the best way to understand what took place today.
Thank you Grand Junction. Thank you for showing this world what we are all about in this community. We are truly honored and humbled to be part of it.
Additional photos from both events can be found on our Facebook page.
Shortly after 11:45 am on Tuesday, October 7th, the Grand Junction Police Department responded to a report of a theft in progress. The victim’s silver 20 inch Mongoose BMX style bicycle with back foot pegs was taken from the bike rack next to the Work Release Center at 559 Pitkin Avenue. Video surveillance captured a male suspect in his 20’s, wearing a red wind breaker with black sleeves, matching black pants and a white baseball cap with white tennis shoes. The surveillance recording of the suspect taking the bike can be viewed at www.241stop.com.
If you know the identity or location of the subject 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.
GJPD Case # 14-55329
What do higher car insurance costs for you, serious crimes in our community, and leaving your car running unattended have in common? Read the news release below from our partners at Coloradans Against Auto Theft (CAAT).
Statewide Winter Public Awareness Campaign Reminds Colorado Drivers: Puffer Theft Can Happen Anytime, Anywhere
Denver, CO – It can happen in an instant. A thief sees the telltale puff of exhaust from a car warming up with no owner in sight and Puff…Puff…Poof it’s gone. Today Coloradans Against Auto Theft (CAAT) launches a statewide public awareness campaign warning Colorado drivers about the dangers of, and illegal practice of, leaving cars running unattended. So-called “puffers” contribute to Colorado’s auto theft problem, which rose nearly 5% in 2013 according to the Colorado Auto Theft Intelligence Coordination Center.
The simple act of leaving your car running unattended can have extremely serious consequences. Recently, a puffer vehicle theft ended in violence with an Aurora Police Officer being shot during a routine traffic stop. “Too often we don’t consider the repercussions of making cars an easy target for thieves and how our vehicle will be used by these criminals,” says Lieutenant Jeff Foster, Aurora Police Department and Commander of the East Metro Auto Theft Team (EMATT). “Auto theft is a gateway crime to other serious crimes and the thieves themselves pose a danger to the public.”
Lockdown Winter Campaign: Puff…Puff…Poof! The Lockdown campaign, supported by grant funding through the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA), is conducted statewide in conjunction with law enforcement agencies, insurance companies and community partners. “The best way to reverse the increasing trend of auto theft is through a combination of law enforcement and public education,” said Colonel Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “The Lockdown Winter campaign encourages Coloradans to warm up with their cars to deter thieves.”
Auto theft is a crime of opportunity. “Puffer thefts can happen anywhere, anytime when we make it easy for the thieves—and while puffer thefts spike in the winter, we see a steady puffer problem throughout the year,” said Carole Walker, Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association and CAAT co-chair. “Many of us don’t stop to think that the urge to warm up a car can quickly put us in the middle of serious crimes that start with a stolen vehicle. The winter public awareness campaign features high-profile TV spots, online advertising, social media and earned media to highlight the dangerous, illegal practice of leaving cars running
unattended. The campaign concept drives home the message: You let your car puff, it will disappear, or POOF!
Auto theft task forces will distribute educational materials in the community to facilitate conversations around auto theft prevention. All materials drive citizens to the Lockdown website, LockdownYourCar.org, offering a hot spot map with a geo-locator tool that allows users to search auto theft in their area—an incentive to be auto theft aware.
Auto theft, by the numbers
- While puffer thefts are a year-round problem, auto theft spikes during winter when the cold weather tempts people to leave their cars running unattended to warm up.
- 50% of stolen cars are left running or have the keys in them. (Source: NHTSA)
- Leaving a car running while unattended is illegal in Colorado.
- 44% of Coloradans don’t know leaving a car running unattended is illegal, and
- 35% have admitted to doing it (2014 Talmey-Drake Poll)
- Colorado Auto Theft Intelligence Coordination Center (ATICC) reports auto theft has increased statewide.
- 11,502 stolen vehicles in 2013, up nearly 5% from 2012.
- Stolen ‘puffers’ and other vehicles ultimately cost all Colorado drivers through higher insurance premiums.
- The average value of a stolen vehicle is about $6,000–this amounts to an
estimated $66 million in annual Colorado losses.
- The average value of a stolen vehicle is about $6,000–this amounts to an
What can the public do? Don’t give thieves a holiday present.
• Never leave your car running unattended—it’s illegal in Colorado and a clear invitation for thieves. Warm up with your car instead.
• Holiday shopping? Put gifts and all valuables in the trunk or hidden from view.
• Always lock your car. Park in well-lit areas.
• Don’t keep a spare set of keys in the car.
• Be aware of your surroundings and report suspicious behavior to a non-emergency police line (in Mesa County: 970-242-6707).
CAAT Coalition Partners
Colorado auto theft task forces, made up of regional law enforcement agencies, Colorado State Patrol and other motor vehicle safety and insurance partners, are a part of the CAAT coalition to decrease auto theft during this peak auto theft season.
• Beat Auto Theft Through Law Enforcement (BATTLE)
• Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force (MATT)
• Southern Colorado Reducing Auto Theft Team (SCRATT)
• Western Colorado Auto Theft Task Force (WCATT)
• East Metro Auto Theft Team (EMATT)
• Commerce City/Thornton/Adams County Auto Theft Prevention Program
• Attorney General’s Auto Theft Prosecution Initiative
• Colorado Auto Theft Investigators (CATI)
• Coloradans Against Auto Theft (CAAT)
• Auto Theft Intelligence Coordination Center (ATICC)
• San Luis Valley
About Coloradans Against Auto Theft (CAAT):
Coloradans Against Auto Theft (CAAT) is a statewide auto theft prevention initiative to raise awareness about the problem and educate the public on what they can do to reduce their chances of falling victim to auto theft. CAAT is a coalition of law enforcement agencies, the Colorado State Patrol, insurance partners, LoJack and AAA Colorado. CAAT and the state auto theft task force efforts are funded in part by the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA).
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.