The Grand Junction Police Department arrested 29-year-old Roberta Chacon on multiple theft and burglary charges stemming from a string of home break-ins and thefts from community mailboxes.
Montrose police officers caught up with Chacon after On-Star located a vehicle that was stolen during one of the burglaries in Grand Junction. Montrose officers took her into custody. GJPD detectives searched the truck and found 33 grams of methamphetamine as well as evidence from a residential burglary that happened in Grand Junction on September 11, including a handgun, documents, mail, and other items. They also found evidence from a residential burglary that happened on August 24 in Grand Junction, including a blue prybar and other tools.
GJPD detectives interviewed Chacon who indicated she had taken part in several community mailbox thefts in Grand Junction and Mesa County. She showed detectives four different locations, both in the city and county, where the mail box thefts occurred, including one that had blue pry marks on the back of the mail box. Investigators believe she is connected to a fifth mailbox that was broken into.
The incidents involving the mail theft activity have been an ongoing investigation involving several agencies in Mesa County, including the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigators have also been working closely with our local agencies in this investigation, as mail theft incidents are a priority for that agency.
Chacon is currently in the Mesa County Jail on various theft, burglary, criminal mischief charges, as well as possession of a firearm by a previous offender, possession of 33 grams of methamphetamine, and special offender.