The GJPD is Looking for Copper Theft Victims

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You may have caught the news story KJCT reporter Don Coleman did Thursday night regarding a copper theft case we are currently working.  As Det. Cody Kennedy said in the interview, copper theft is a growing problem across the country, and Western Colorado isn’t immune.

Det. Kennedy isn’t the only GJPD officer working copper theft cases- there are several investigations going on, and although we are aware of at least one local victim we believe there are potentially other victims we do not know about.

Possible victims could include anyone that sells, holds, or buys copper wiring, pipe or parts.  If you fall into any of these categories we ask that you check your inventory for loss or theft over the past six months.

If you believe you or your business is a victim of copper theft please call the Grand Junction Police Department at 242-6707.  We ask that you provide your contact information and a description of the products including the weight or amount of copper stolen.

If you have suspect information and wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP, send the information via the web at, or text a tip to CRIMES (274637) with the word TIP729 in the message.

Crime of the Week: February 17, 2011

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The Grand Junction Police Department needs your help in identifying the suspect(s) involved in vandalizing the dormitories under construction at 1280 Cannell Avenue. Sometime between 12:00am Sunday February 6th, and 9:00am Monday February 7th, unknown suspect(s) entered the building under construction and sprayed graffiti on the walls, shower enclosures and discharged multiple fire extinguishers.

If you have information that would help solve this or any other crime, please contact Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Information leading to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information on how to report a crime see us at

Unattended Death Investigations

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There has been quite a bit of news coverage over the last couple of days regarding two unattended death investigations we’ve handled.  An unattended death is simply an instance in which a person dies and there is no one around that can provide information about how or why the person died.  A number of things, from natural causes to murders, can cause unattended deaths.

Because we don’t know the circumstances surrounding the death (the who, what, how, and why) we often assign detectives to work the case until we have more information. That’s exactly what happened in the two most recent cases.  In these cases the autopsy reports provide us with many of the answers we need.  Here are the two news releases regarding the two unattended deaths we investigated this week.  They provide a lot of information that will hopefully answer many of your questions about what happened leading up to these deaths.

 C11-050 Merola, BJ Media Release

C11-051 Salazar, CA Media Release

Spring 2011 Citizens Public Safety Academy

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 Sign Up Now for the Spring 2011 Citizens Public Safety Academy

 “This academy was exciting, exhilarating, and encouraging to learn more and do more!”

-2008 Academy Graduate

Have you ever wondered what a day is like at the Grand Junction Police Department, Fire Department or 911 Communications Center? When you call 911, what happens on the other end of the phone? Is investigating a crime scene really like what you see on TV? What is it like to respond to a fire or medical emergency call? If you have these questions and others, the Grand Junction Citizens Public Safety Academy is for you!

The Grand Junction Police and Fire Departments are now accepting applications for the Spring 2011 Academy.  From March 10 through June 11, this 14 week Academy will present aspects of police, fire, EMS (Emergency Medical Services) and 911 communications generally not known to the public. It will also provide insight on how public safety employees make decisions, perform their duties and serve you – our community.

Education is the key to developing strong community and citizen partnerships. An involved community working positively with public safety is an important part of the solution to keep our citizens safe.

Class size is limited and the spaces are filling quickly.

Applications can be downloaded at or can be picked up at the Police Department (625 Ute Ave.) or the Fire Department (450 South 6th St.)

For more information call Mike Page at 244-1413 or Terri Gird at 244-3575.

Applications are due by February 18, 2011

Print the Application

See the Class Schedule

View the Citizens Academy Brochure 

Crime of the Week: February 10, 2011

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February 10, 2011



The Grand Junction Police Department needs the public’s help to identify and locate the suspect that robbed Gil’s Video Mex Imports at gun point.


On Sunday, January 23 at about 9:30pm a male subject walked into Gil’s Video Mex Imports located at 2854 North Avenue. The male subject brandished a handgun and demanded money from the clerk. The subject was described as 5’8″ to 5’10″, wearing a black ski mask, a dark blue hooded jacket, blue jeans and black gloves.The suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction.If you have any information on this crime or any other crimes, please contact Crime Stoppers at 241-7867.

Information leading to an arrest can earn you up to $1000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information on how to report a crime see us at

GJPD Case Number: 11-003719

Crime of the Week: January 27, 2011

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Can You Help Solve This Case?


Felipe Carrasco-Corral

Law Enforcement Agencies in Mesa County are requesting assistance from the public in locating a wanted subject who has an arrest warrant. The wanted subject is FELIPE CARRASCO-CORRAL also known as ANDRES GARCIA-CORRAL a 30 year old, Hispanic male, 5’8”, 145 pounds, black hair and brown eyes. FELIPE CARRASCO-CORRAL is wanted for failing to appear on multiple charges which include unlawful use of a controlled substance, use/sell/distribution/ manufacture/possession of marijuana, DUI, reckless driving, lane use violation and possession of drug paraphernalia.

If you have information regarding the location of this individual or any crime, please contact Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP (7867). Information leading to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information on how to report a crime see us at

Missing Children

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From time to time we receive “Missing Children” posters from other Colorado law enforement agencies.  Today we received some information from our fellow law enforcement officers at the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office in Cortez about a case their investigators are working involving 4 missing children.  Although the GJPD has no involvement with this investigation we thought we would help them by spreading the word and the photos in hopes that someone may have seen this family.  Montezuma County does not have any information that they are in the Grand Junction area, but they would be grateful for any leads or tips they can get on the whereabouts of these kids.

Here are the details Montezuma County is sharing with the public:

Details: Brooke, Kaylee, Makena, and Tanner were allegedly abducted by their mother Carina Bieber. A felony warrant for kidnapping was issued for Carina on December 30, 2010. Tanner was last seen on January 1, 2010. He may have his nickname “TJ” shaved into his hair or he may have a mohawk. Brooke’s nickname is Brookie. Kaylee has a scar under her eye. Her nickname is Kay Kay. Makena’s nickname is Kena. Carina is biracial. She is Hispanic and White. Carina has multiple scars on her face. She has a tattoo on her neck and the tattoos “Love” and “Hope” on her wrists. Carina may use the alias last name Shippy, blair, or Rael.

All images of all of the children can be viewed at  If you have any information about this case contact the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office at 970-565-8454.