Investigation Results in Seven Arrests and 80 Recovered Bikes #GVCopBeat

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Image-1 (2)In the early hours of Wednesday morning, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to the 1400 Block of Houston Avenue after being alerted to a theft in progress. Due to a high number of thefts in the area, officers had deployed a “bait bike,” a common reference for a bike equipped with a GPS tracking device, at this location. The bike was locked to a bike rack, and was valued at approximately $4,000.00.

Officers reviewed surveillance video and were able to observe a white male wearing tan clothing and a neon green backpack approach the bike, cut the lock, and ride away on the bike. There was also a female on a bike who was captured on the video in the same area, as the theft was occurring. Officers recognized both subjects from prior contacts.

As officers were searching the area for the suspects, the female was located in front of the residence at 1830 North 15th Street. Additionally, officers were able to observe in plain view in an open garage at the same residence both a neon green backpack, similar to the one observed in the security camera footage, as well as the seat from the stolen bike.

Based on their investigation, officers obtained a search warrant for the residence and located over 80 bike frames, and a large amount of disassembled bike parts. Some of the frames were confirmed to be reported as stolen, but not all of them.

Ultimately, several more subjects were contacted at or near the residence. This investigation resulted in the arrests of seven subjects related to this incident:

Jefferi Orona, 35, arrested for False Info on a Pawn Slip, Theft

Tristan Bales, 32, arrested for Felony Theft, as well as unrelated outstanding warrants

Brenda Goff, 27, arrested for Theft and Complicity

Raymond Ayers, 46, arrested for Theft and Complicity

Hayley Kuntz, 22, arrested for Theft and Complicity

Sydney Abeyta, 26, arrested for unrelated warrants

James Farnsworth, 32, arrested for Providing False Info to Law Enforcement

Additional charges and/or arrests may develop as the investigation unfolds.

We encourage anyone who may have had a bicycle stolen in the last two years and didn’t report it, to do so now. Those reports can be made online by clicking here. Investigation into this incident is active and ongoing, and detectives are working to connect these bikes with owners who may have been victims of theft.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to remind you that the Grand Junction Police Department offers bike registrations for only $1. Registering your bike with our agency greatly increases the probability that, should you be the victim of bike theft, we can return your property to you, if it’s recovered. To register your bike, bring it to the Police Department at 555 Ute Avenue during business hours, and someone will be happy to assist you. If you have questions about the process, please call our Records division at (970)549-5000.

4 thoughts on “Investigation Results in Seven Arrests and 80 Recovered Bikes #GVCopBeat

    Joseph W said:
    August 23, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    For those of us that have had a bike stolen and filed a report, is there an opportunity to view the bikes to see if ours is in there?

    Charlynn Knox said:
    August 23, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    AWESOME JOB!!!

    LeAnn said:
    August 23, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    If we have reported bikes stolen can we come look to see if ours were recovered?

    GJPD responded:
    August 23, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Over the coming weeks, we will be comparing the recovered bikes to police reports we have on file. If you haven’t already done so, please complete a stolen bike report online on our website at gjcity.org. If the description of your bike matches one of the recovered bikes, an officer will be in touch to follow up at a later date. Thank you!

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