On Monday, March 11, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to a report of burglary. The reporting party and victim stated that her phone, her watch, and several debit cards had been stolen from her apartment sometime during the night.
Officers responded to the victim’s home and she reported to them that she had possession of all of the stolen items in the early morning hours of Monday when she used a ride service to take her home from the downtown area. When she woke up in the morning, she found that the items were gone and the front door to her residence was unlocked. She was able to access her bank accounts online and discover that someone had successfully withdrawn money from her account using an ATM.
Officers were able to contact the driver who had given the victim a ride home the night before. Officers were also able to access security footage from the ATM used to fraudulently withdraw funds from the victim’s account. The suspect on the surveillance footage matched the appearance of the male driver. Additionally, the vehicle registered to the driver was the same vehicle captured in the security footage of the ATM withdrawal.
Chukwuma Okeke, 31, of Grand Junction was arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Detention Facility for charges of 2nd Degree Burglary (F4), Unauthorized Use of a Financial Transaction Device (M3), Theft (M1), and Criminal Possession of Two of More Financial Devices (F6).