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Help Us Identify This Theft Suspect #MCCrimeStoppers #GVCopBeat

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This week Crime Stoppers of Mesa County needs your help in locating a theft suspect. Shortly after 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 31st the victim left behind her black Asus Tablet with a black leather cover and keyboard at the Mesa County Public Library located at 530 Grand Avenue. Surveillance video shows an unidentified male take the Tablet from the self-check-out area. The subject is described as a white male in his 20’s, with short, light colored hair, about 5’9”, 160 pounds and had tattoos covering his left forearm and both calves.

The suspect was last seen wearing a red t-shirt, white plaid shorts and a dark colored baseball cap. The total estimated loss is over $350. The surveillance photo of the suspect and a young boy he was traveling with can be viewed at

If you know the identity or location of the subjects involved in this crime, please contact Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information, see us at



He Stole a Coach Wallet, Cash, Credit Cards and More. Know Him? #GVCopBeat #MCCrimeStoppers

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The Grand Junction Police Department needs your help to identify and locate a subject that was involved in fraudulent activity.

On Wednesday, September 16th, unknown subjects broke the window of a dark blue 2004 Lexus located off Rapid Creek Road and Hwy 6 near the Palisade Rim Trail parking lot. The suspects removed a Tignanello purse and wallet, and a Coach wallet, both with credit cards and cash. Credit cards from the stolen wallet were later used by the male subject at Ross Stores located at 2424 Highway 6 & 50. Video surveillance captured a male subject with a goatee, wearing a red shirt, dark shorts and a camouflage hat. The surveillance photo of the suspect can be viewed at Crime of the Week 111915

If you know the identity or location of the subjects involved in this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information, see us at

GJPD Arrests Former Business Owner for Burglary #GVCopBeat

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LEWISRecently, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were made aware of a series of burglaries at a local business.  Specifically, the Canyon View Car Wash, at 2258 Broadway, has been burglarized ten time in the last four months, according to surveillance footage from the business.

Prior to last night’s activity, it was determined that the most common time for the burglaries to occur were Wednesday nights, between the hours of 8:00pm and 9:00pm.  Suspect information was generated in the course of the investigation and, last night, officers began surveillance in and around the business.  Shortly after 8:30pm, the suspect arrived at the location, entered the building, and proceeded to remove money from a vending machine inside.

Officers observed that the vending machine was entered with a key.  It was determined that the suspect was a previous owner of the business, identified as Roxanne Lewis, age 58.

Ms. Lewis was placed into custody and remanded to the the Mesa County Jail, on charges of Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, and Theft.

Two GJPD Officers Struck by Reckless Driver #GVCopBeat

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IMG_4238 (2)Shortly after 4:00pm, on Wednesday, November 11, two officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were fortunate to be uninjured when they were struck by a vehicle that disobeyed a traffic diversion near N. 7th Street and Patterson Road.  Eastbound lanes of traffic near the area were blocked, due to an unrelated three car accident at the location.

Officers were diverting traffic west of N. 7th Street on Patterson Road, while investigating a car accident that occurred at around 3:30pm, and were waiting for the involved vehicles to be removed from the roadway.  At approximately 4:15pm, the driver of a silver Ford F150 truck drove past the officer directing traffic, and proceeded into a lane that was closed to travel.  When the officer attempted to stop the driver, later identified as Denzil Harward, age 67, Harward accelerated, hitting the officer’s duty belt with the front of his truck.  Harward then proceeded eastbound on Patterson.  The officer was able to air this information to other officers in the area, who saw the truck approaching, and also attempted to stop it.  As the truck began to drive past these officers, as well, one officer on scene was struck on his right hand by the truck’s passenger side mirror, with enough force to break the mirror away from the body of the truck.  At this time, Harward stopped and exited the vehicle.  He was immediately placed into custody.

Denzil Harward was charged with Reckless Endangerment and Obstructing an Officer, and was released on a summons from the Grand Junction Police Department.

GJPD Offering Safe Hotels Program #GVCopBeat

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Safe Community LogoCommunity Resource officers with the Grand Junction Police Department will be offering a valuable training about the Safe Hotels program on Thursday, November 19, from 12pm-5pm, at the Police Department at 555 Ute Avenue.

The Safe Hotels program is a simple, effective way to reduce police calls for service at hotels and motels, benefitting not only guests and staff, but also nearby residents.  The program is geared toward owners of hotels and motels, property managers, maintenance supervisors, and any other staff that have a vested interest in the quality of their accommodations.

Attendees will learn about the benefits of the program, including receiving a weekly report of calls for service on your property and an evaluation to identify environmental areas that could be addressed to reduce crime at the location.  Your participation in the program also allows us to list your business on our City website, for people seeking safe locations to stay in Grand Junction, as well as the option for you to use the program’s logo on your own marketing materials!  You will also have a direct point of contact with an officer that knows you and your property, so we can better serve you.  Don’t miss out!

Please note that Safe Hotels is replacing the previous Crime Free Hotels program.  If you’ve attended a Crime Free training in the past, we would still encourage you to sign up for this month’s presentation, to see what’s new and improved about the program!

To register for this free program, please call or email Officer David Keech, at (970)549-5336, or

We’re Celebrating Veterans Day, Office Closure on November 11 #GVCopBeat #HappyVeteransDay

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US_Flag_BacklitThe Grand Junction Police Department will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, in honor of Veterans Day. The GJPD Records and Front Counter will be closed, but emergency services will resume as normal.

The GJPD wishes to honor and thank all of those who have served, and we wish you a heartfelt Veterans Day.

GJPD Officers Seize Almost a Pound of Methamphetamine #GVCopBeat

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Shortly before 6:00pm on Saturday, November 7, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to Wal-Mart, on Rimrock Avenue, on a report of a shoplifter that had fled when contacted by loss prevention staff.

Upon arrival, officers contacted loss prevention employees inside the store.  Additional officers were able to locate the suspect vehicle in the parking lot, which was occupied by one male, identified as Joshua Arcello, age 33.  During this time, the shoplift suspect, identified as David Schwartzenburg, age 24, returned to the store and admitted to the theft of a cell phone.

Officers in contact with the vehicle outside the store located part of the cell phone packaging inside the vehicle in plain view.  A search of the vehicle was conducted for further evidence.  The search revealed a glass pipe with suspected methamphetamine residue.  Officers also located a black trash bag in the trunk of the vehicle, which contained approximately 14 ounces of methamphetamine.  Based on their training and experience, officers noted that this amount is not consistent with personal use, and would more likely be intended for distribution.  During interviews, both Schwartzenburg and Arcello confirmed that they had purchased the methamphetamine in California, and were en route to Iowa, where they planned to sell the drugs.  Further investigation revealed that Arcello was arrested in Arizona last month for the transport of dangerous drugs.

Schwartzenburg and Arcello were arrested and transported to the Mesa County Jail on charges of Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance, Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance, and Importing a Controlled Substance.  Schwartzenburg was also charged with Shoplift.


Arcello                                                             Schwartzenburg

Two Arrested on Charges Related to Retail Marijuana Sales by Drug Task Force #GVCopBeat #WCDTF

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Mesa County, Colo. — Officers with the Western Colorado Drug Task Force executed a search warrant yesterday on an illegal retail marijuana sales operation in a residence on West 5th Street, in Palisade. Two adults were arrested in connection to this illegal retail operation. IMAGE_1

Dean Richardson, 34, and Krystal Britton, 34, both of Palisade, we arrested on charges related to unlicensed manufacturing of marijuana concentrate using hazardous substance (related to hash oil production), possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, child abuse related to manufacturing a controlled substance, special circumstance of possessing a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, Dean was charged with possession of weapons by a previous offender because he has a felony conviction from 2003.

Officers located a handgun and a rifle, both fully loaded and operational within reach of the adults and children living in the home.

The Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division and the Palisade Police Department, along with the Grand Junction Police Department assisted with this Western Colorado Drug Task Force operation.

To obtain updated bond information on any inmate currently in the Mesa County Detention Facility, visit our Inmate Inquiry System webpage.

The Western Colorado Drug Task Force is a partnership established in the early 1980’s between the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. The Task Force is designed to fight the battles of drugs on the front lines and other crimes that go with dealing and using IMAGEdrugs. Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper and Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis agree this Task Force is effective and nationally competitive in the law enforcement field when it comes to knowledge, experience and teamwork. The Drug Task Force provides a refined level of service to the law abiding citizens of Mesa County and across the Western Slope.

Guns Stolen from Grand Junction Museum #GVCopBeat #CrimeStoppers

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Cropped Badge-Transparent BackgroundShortly after 5:00pm on Monday, November 2, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to a glass break alarm at 462 Ute Avenue, the Museum of the West, which is a part of the Museums of Western Colorado.  Officers were on scene within minutes of the initial alarm notification.  The building was searched and no one was located.  Further investigation revealed that three weapons that were displayed in a glass case in the museum had been stolen.  These included two handguns that had previously belonged to Sheriffs of Mesa County.  There was also a pistol stolen, which had belonged to a famous actor.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing.  If you have any information about the suspect or suspects in this crime, or the whereabouts of the items stolen, please call Crime Stoppers at (970)241-STOP, or you can provide information at

Happy Halloween, from the GJPD! #ShareGJ

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Some things to think about, as we go into Halloween weekend…have fun, be safe!