On September 2, 2018, at approximately 8:38pm, personnel with the Grand Junction Police Department and the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at 2458 Industrial Boulevard. During the course of the investigation into the fire, it was discovered that several items of value were missing from one of the two businesses housed in the building. One of the missing items was a credit card which was discovered to have been used numerous times in the hours before and after the fire occurred. Additionally, a company truck was determined to be missing from the same business. Through the work of Grand Junction Fire Investigators, it was determined that evidence from the fire pointed to arson.
In reviewing security footage from some of the businesses at which the stolen credit card was used, officers were able to identify suspects as two former employees of the business where the fire occurred. Additionally, security footage from the burned business was compared to footage obtained of the fraudulent credit card purchases, and the suspects were found to have matching physical descriptions and clothing.
Ultimately, an arrest warrant was obtained for Eric Booker, age 25, for multiple charges, including arson, burglary, and theft.
Also, an arrest warrant was obtained for Christopher Booker, age 42, for multiple charges, including arson, burglary, and theft.
Additionally, Britney Bowker, age 21, was found to be complicit in these criminal actions. An arrest warrant was obtained for her for multiple charges, including arson, burglary, and theft.
On Wednesday, September 19, law enforcement developed information that the suspects may be inside a residence in the 3200 Block of D ½ Road. Officers with the GJPD and deputies with the MCSO responded to the address and ultimately arrested all three suspects without incident.
This is a complex and robust investigation that remains active and ongoing, and additional criminal charges may be revealed throughout the course of the investigation. We commend our detectives for the diligent and detailed work that they’ve poured into this case, and the work that they continue to do.