GJPD Arrests Man for Multiple Vehicle Break-ins. More Than a Dozen Possible Victims Identified So Far #GVCopBeat

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GARRETTAUSTINPHOTO022714The Grand Junction Police Department has arrested a man who is believed to have broken into more than a dozen vehicles near the CMU campus overnight.

Just before 5:30 this morning officers were dispatched to a parking lot in the 900 block of Glenwood Ave. for a man who was seen trying the door handles of cars.  The man would duck down when cars passed by him.

Officers found a man matching the suspect’s description sitting the driver seat of a car with the driver side door open.  He appeared to be reaching toward the glove box at the time.  When officers spoke with him they noticed his pockets were overly full and he had a backpack with a drill and tool box sticking out it.  The man, later identified as 22-year-old Garrett Austin, initially said he owned the car, but did not know who the car was registered to.  He later told officers he did not know whose vehicle he had been in, and that he did not have permission to be in it.

Officers arrested Austin on charges of felony 1st degree criminal trespass of autos and misdemeanor theft.  He also received a possession of a dangerous or illegal weapon charge because officers found a butterfly knife in his pants pocket when they searched him.

Officers have continued investigating throughout this morning, and at this point have identified 16 possible victims related to this case.  There is a possibility that there are other victims who haven’t yet realized their cars were also broken into.  If you believe you are a victim in this case you can call 970-242-6707 to report it.

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