On February 23rd, 2019, officers and detectives with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to a burglary at Atlasta Solar in Grand Junction. Employees of the business reported that several thousands of dollars worth of property had been stolen from the building in the early morning hours, as well as a company truck containing thousands of dollars worth of tools. Because the truck was equipped with a GPS system, the employees of the business were able to provide tracking locations of the truck’s route after the burglary, which culminated in a crash north of Delta, Colorado. Officers with the GJPD responded to the scene of the crash and noted it was totaled, and several items missing from the burglary were recovered inside. The suspect had fled the scene prior to law enforcement arrival.
Utilizing the GPS tracking information provided by the victim business, detectives were able to contact businesses where the truck stopped after the burglary. They were able to obtain security footage from the businesses, showing images of the stolen truck and the driver. After showing pictures of the suspect to employees of the victim business, officers were able to develop a potential lead after a social media profile was found with photos matching the appearance of the suspect captured on the security footage. Officers were able to determine that the subject in the social media profile had an active warrant for domestic violence out of the GJPD. The location of the domestic violence incident matched the address of a stop made by the stolen truck after the burglary.
Officers located an address in Delta potentially associated to the suspect, identified as Jac Bingham, age 36. On March 14, the Grand Junction Police Department requested a law enforcement assist from the Delta County Sheriff’s Office to attempt contact with the suspect and arrest him for his outstanding warrants. Deputies were able to locate Bingham and arrest him. Bingham was subsequently extradited to the Mesa County Detention Facility, where he was booked for two unrelated outstanding warrants. This morning, a detective with the GJPD charged Bingham with additional offenses related to this crime: 2nd Degree Burglary (F5), Theft (F5), 1st Degree Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft (F5), Driving while Under Restraint, and Failure to Remain at the Scene After an Accident Involving Injury.