On August 3rd, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to a report of a burglary at 780 Kennedy Avenue, a property owned by Colorado Mesa University. It was reported that someone unlawfully entered the residence, which is used for storage for various University departments, and stole items valued in excess of $20,000. The reporting party also located items that indicated someone had been sleeping in the residence.
On August 10, an employee with CMU made another report of a burglary at the same location, this time from a storage area in the garage. Upon arriving at the scene to investigate, officers located a male sleeping in a chair inside the residence. The male, identified as Thomas Loffreda, 50, did not have permission to be in the residence, and when asked why he thought it was okay to enter the house, he stated that he thought it was okay “since there were no ‘no trespassing’ signs.” When contacted, Loffreda was wearing items that had been reported as stolen from the residence in the original burglary report. Officers responded to Loffreda’s residence, in the 1200 Block of Bookcliff Avenue, to look for further evidence from the burglary. Upon arrival, officers observed a blue kayak outside of Loffreda’s apartment. Knowing that a blue kayak was reported stolen in the original burglary report, officers contacted a CMU employee, who was able to confirm that the kayak at the residence was indeed the same kayak that was reported stolen from the residence on Kennedy a week earlier. While executing a search warrant for Loffreda’s residence, officers located additional items from the burglary, as well as drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine.
Thomas Loffreda was arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Jail on the following charges:
2 counts of 2nd Degree Burglary (F3), Theft (F4), 1st Degree Criminal Trespass of a Dwelling (F5), Criminal Mischief (M3), 2 counts of Violation of a Protection Order (M2), Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance (F4), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (PO2), and Violation of Bail Bond Conditions (F6).