Detectives with the Grand Junction Police Department have made an arrest related to a string of burglaries that began at the end of November.
During the time period of November 26th through December 9th, three local businesses and two local churches reported being burglarized, resulting in damage and property loss valued in excess of $20,000. Detectives noted similarities in all of the crimes, including a suspect who was captured on security footage at several of the burglary locations.
A pry bar was left behind at the scene of one of the burglaries. Through investigation, detectives were able to identify a local store where that specific type and brand of tool is sold. A search of transaction records revealed a purchase of the identified item on the evening of November 29th, which corresponds with the date of one of the burglaries. Security footage of the individual who made that purchase was compared to surveillance video of the suspect captured during the commission of the crimes, and a suspect was identified through that transaction.
Officers have arrested Eric Martin, 42, of Grand Junction. Upon a search of Martin’s vehicle and his residence subsequent to his arrest, property believed to be related to the burglaries was recovered. Martin was remanded to the custody of the Mesa County Detention Facility for the following charges:
- Second Degree Burglary (Five counts) (F4)
- Criminal Mischief $1,000-$5,000 (Four Counts) (F6)
- 3rd Degree Burglary (Two Counts) (F5)
- Possession of Burglary Tools (Four Counts) (F6)
- Theft $5,000-$20,000 (F5)
- 1st Degree Criminal Trespass of Auto (F5)
- 1st Degree Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft (F5)
- Theft $2,000-$5,000 (Two Counts) (F6)
- Theft $750-$2,000 (M1)
- Criminal Mischief $750-$1,000 (M1)
This investigation remains active and ongoing. As evidence continues to be revealed, additional charges are possible. We are proud of the exceptional and diligent work of the officers and detectives involved in this investigation.