Shortly after 5:00pm on Friday evening, officers with the GJPD responded to Orchard Avenue Elementary School, at 1800 Orchard Avenue. Personnel from the Grand Junction Fire Department had responded to the address for a fire alarm, and discovered circumstances that they believed to be suspicious.
Upon arrival, officers discovered extensive damage done to the property, to include broken windows and doors, broken electronics, holes in the dry wall, air vents ripped out of walls, and general disarray of the premises.
Due to the deployment of a fire extinguisher, there was a thin film of residue within the building, creating an ideal environment to capture shoe prints. Officers were able to locate and photograph footprints from the scene. Officers also located a cell phone that was left at the scene, and collected it as evidence.
Less than two hours later, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 2000 Block of Orchard Avenue on a report of an auto theft. The owners of the vehicle stated that they were doing some yard work when they noticed that their truck had been stolen. While processing the scene, officers located several shoe imprints. Officers were aware of the earlier burglary of the school, and were able to compare the shoe imprints found at both scenes and determine they appeared to have been made from the same style of shoe.
A short time later, officers located the stolen truck on Horizon Drive, parked and unoccupied. Officers observed a male walking away from the truck, and initiated contact. When asked if the male knew anything about the truck, the male, later identified as Hayden Reynolds, 21, admitted to stealing it from an address off Orchard Avenue. Reynolds was wearing shoes that matched the pattern and size of the footprints found at both the school and the auto theft scene. When asked if he owned a cell phone, Reynolds affirmed that he did, and the description he provided of his phone matched that of the phone collected from the school.
Reynolds was subsequently arrested and booked into the Mesa County Jail on charges of 2nd Degree Burglary (F4), Criminal Mischief (F5), 1st Degree Criminal Trespass (F5), Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft (F5), and 2nd Degree Criminal Tampering (M2).