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Looking for Another Credit Card Thief #GVCopBeat #MCCrimeStoppers

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Crime Stoppers LogoThis week Crime Stoppers needs your help to identify and locate the subjects involved in criminal activity.

On Thursday, July 13th, unknown subjects stole a black American Eagle tri-fold wallet from the victim’s golf bag at Bookcliff Country Club, located at 2730 G Road. Shortly thereafter, a credit card from the stolen wallet was used by a male subject at Cabela’s, Target and Best Buy. Cabela’s security cameras captured a white male in his late teens or early 20’s, wearing shorts and a pink Under Armor shirt. The surveillance photo of the suspect can be viewed at http://www.241STOP.com.

If you know the identity or whereabouts 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 http://www.241stop.com.

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Homicide Investigation

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NEWS RELEASE


Homicide Investigation

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo –

AT 0036 hours on July 15, 2017, Officers were dispatched to the Orchard Mesa City Market at 2770 Hwy 50 for a reported shooting. The reporting party stated her friend had been shot and she was also shot and injured. She reported the suspect had fled from the scene.

Upon arrival Officers found one female to be deceased and the other was transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The suspect was later located and taken into custody. No other suspects are outstanding.

This is a working investigation and no further information will be released until Monday, July 17, 2017.

If anyone has information about this incident they can call the Grand Junction Police Department at 242-6707, call Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP, send the information via the web at www.241stop.com, or text CRIMES to 241STOP and include your tip information.

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Help Us Fight Back Against Scams #GVCopBeat

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Stop think imageEvery day, we hear from people who have been on the receiving end of phone scams.  A large number of these victims are senior citizens in our community who are being preyed upon by malicious criminals.  In some cases, victims suffer devastating financial losses when they fall into the traps set by these crooks.  We often put out information on our social media channels about these scams and how people can protect themselves.  However, we may be missing a population of people who could benefit from information about how to avoid falling victim to these fraudulent calls.  We’d like to expand the reach of this important message and we’re hoping you may be able to help us.

We’ve created a very simple flyer, intended to be a reminder that these scams are out there all the time, and people need to be savvy and confident in order to protect themselves.  You can access a printable, two sided image of the flyer by clicking here.  The front page provides some reminders about what to do when you receive one of these suspicious calls.  The back side lists a few of the most common types of scams that are reported to us.  The flyer should be posted someplace visible–maybe on the fridge, or right by the phone–as a reminder to stop and think if you receive one of these calls.  Often, high-pressure tactics are used to scare the victim into acting, before they have a chance to think or consult with someone they trust.

If you know someone who you think could benefit from this information, we encourage you to print out the flyer for them.  If you work in a field where you have direct contact with people who might be vulnerable or targeted in these kinds of scams, consider distributing this information to your clients or customers.  We also have flyers printed and available in our lobby if you’d like to stop by and take one…or several!

Not everyone is on Facebook.  We want to make sure that all of our community has access to the information they need in order to best protect themselves.  These scammers continue to come up with new ways to swindle people.  We hope you’ll help us spread the word and prevent one more person from becoming a victim.

Register Your Neighborhood for National Night Out! #GVCopBeat #ShareGJ

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13933188_10210472780479738_1677475803_nA very popular summer event is returning to Grand Junction!

National Night Out will take place during the evening hours of Tuesday, August 1, in neighborhoods across Grand Junction, and registration is currently underway.

National Night Out is an annual event that helps fight crime in our neighborhoods by building camaraderie and familiarity between neighbors, while also sending a message to criminals that their neighborhoods are willing to fight back against crime.  All Grand Junction neighborhoods who register their National Night Out events with the Grand Junction Police Department will be eligible to have an officer stop by and visit them during the event to provide safety information and answer questions.

What does a National Night Out event look like?

That’s completely up to you and your neighbors.  In years’ past, we’ve seen neighborhoods organize ice cream socials, host pizza parties, have all of the residents bring their BBQs into their driveways for a cookout, or just meet in someone’s yard for cookies and lemonade.  We’ve posted a whole list of possibilities here.  The idea is to customize your neighborhood event so it encourages and invites participation from those who live around you.

How do I register my neighborhood?

Simply visit our National Night Out website.  Please keep in mind that only neighborhoods within the city limits of Grand Junction can register their National Night Out events with this registration link.  Check with your local law enforcement jurisdiction to see if they are participating in NNO events in your area.  Not sure if you live in the city limits of Grand Junction?  You can check here.

How do I know if someone else in my neighborhood has already registered an event for us?

As people register their neighborhoods, the information will show up on our National Night Out website.  There’s a link to see which neighborhoods have registered and who is hosting the event.  You can also call our Community Resource Unit at (970)549-5331 for more information.13902009_10208277466269225_839465298_o

What kinds of things do neighborhoods do during National Night Out?

Are you thinking of hosting an event for your neighborhood?  Get some event ideas here.

Check out some photos from last year’s events on our Facebook page.

 

Two Arrests Made in Early Morning Fires #GVCopBeat

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IMG_0390Two young males are in custody after setting a series of fires early this morning.

At around 3:30am, personnel with the Grand Junction Police Department and the Grand Junction Fire Department were dispatched to a report of a vehicle in flames in the parking lot of the North Avenue Wal-Mart.  It was later discovered that the suspects had thrown a sparkler into a van that was parked in the parking lot.  The van caught fire and was fully engulfed.  The van was occupied by a male sleeping inside, who was able to escape the burning vehicle with minor injuries, and the Fire Department extinguished the fire without further property damage.

From there, the males made their way down North Avenue, continuing to set off fireworks and intentionally starting, or attempting to start, several vehicles on fire along the way.  The males also set fire to the wooden steps of an apartment building in the 1300 Block of N. 25th Street, causing damage to the building.

Using witness descriptions and surveillance footage, the two males were contacted in the area of the fires and positively identified as the suspects.  Both are charged with numerous offenses, including four counts of 2nd Degree Arson, one count of 2nd Degree Assault, and one count of attempted 1st Degree Arson.  The males, who are 17 and 18 years old, were remanded to the Department of Youth Corrections and the Mesa County Jail, respectively.

 

 

Two Incidents End In Arrests #GVCopBeat

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cuffsOfficers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to a report of a purse that was stolen from the victim in the area of 1st Street and Walnut Avenue shortly after 11:00a.m. today. A witness followed the suspect, who ran towards the area of Sherwood Park and eventually dropped the purse. In an effort to evade law enforcement, the suspect jumped several fences into private property, but was ultimately taken into custody within 15 minutes of the initial call and was transported to the Mesa County Jail for several charges, including robbery and trespass.

Later this afternoon, in an unrelated incident, a woman called 911 to report that an unknown male was inside her home in the area of 26th Street and Hill Avenue. The resident was hiding in the bathroom, but was able to hear the male moving around in the home. Officers responded to the area and set up a perimeter. As officers were preparing to force entry into the home, the male suspect voluntarily exited the home and was taken into custody without further incident. The male has been transported to the Mesa County Jail and will be charged with burglary, among other charges.

Acts of Kindness in a Critical Incident #GVCopBeat

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BadgeNew-OfficerYesterday, shortly before 3pm, reports of a head-on collision on I-70 began flooding our 911 call center.  Thus far, the investigation into the crash has revealed that a passenger car, driven by an adult male, was going westbound in the eastbound lanes of the interstate, near the 27 Road bridge, when it collided with an SUV, driven by an adult female, with a juvenile female passenger.  All three involved parties were seriously injured.  No arrests have been made at this time, but as the investigation unfolds, charges could be forthcoming.

Those are the facts of this investigation as it stands right now.  Our thoughts are certainly with those who were injured as a result of this scary collision.  However, what we want to do today is acknowledge the incredible acts of kindness and service displayed by people who witnessed this crash and rushed to the aid of the victims.  Below is an email that was sent out by one of the Grand Junction Police Department officers who responded to this crash:

“On 06/20/17 we responded to a head-on collision on I70 near the 27 Road overpass.  It was reported one of the vehicles had ignited.  When I arrived, a male was trapped in a Honda Accord near the median and a Ford sport utility vehicle in the eastbound lanes was fully engulfed.  The fire quickly spread to the adjacent shoulder of the Interstate and began climbing the embankment toward homes on Marsh Lane and Continental Court.

Over a dozen motorists had stopped and extricated an adult female and juvenile (perhaps 5-7 years old) from the SUV and carried the woman to the shoulder of the roadway.  The SUV was emitting loud “booming” and “popping” noises and I believe nearly everyone at the scene thought it could very well explode.  The bystanders placed the female onto a tarp someone had provided and carried her westbound along the highway, away from the vehicle.  Others stood with another tarp elevated over the female to shade her from the sun; temperatures were near 100 degrees.  A nurse who had stopped placed the juvenile in her personal vehicle and remained with the child until EMS arrived.  Had these individuals not acted so immediately and decisively, both the woman and her child would have surely perished.

I was later repositioned to 27 Road to conduct traffic control.  I spoke with two males who had stopped on 27 Road to the north of I70 when they saw the fire on the southern embankment.  The males had climbed numerous fences on the south side of I70 in an attempt to slow the fire and warn residents.  I also spoke with others who had thrown buckets of water on the fire as well as some who used personal extinguishers in attempts to prevent the fire from threatening homes and property.

The overall response from bystanders was, I thought, magnificent.  I regret that I was not able to obtain the names of all of those who provided assistance in this event.  I was hoping, either through social media or mass communication, the Grand Junction Police Department could make an attempt to recognize and thank all of those who rendered their help in any way they could with this incident.”

Additionally, we were made aware this morning that the only possession that made it out of the vehicle with the juvenile female was a pink blanket.  The blanket was wet and dirty from the crash.  It was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital, where the staff there saw to it that is was laundered, so that the little girl could have that small piece of comfort.

We don’t know the names of all of those who stopped to help after this crash.  We don’t know if they were local community members, or simply traveling through.  What we do know is that, without the aid of these brave and selfless people, the outcome of this tragic incident could have been much different.  If this message reaches any of you, please know that you have our gratitude and admiration.