Grand Junction

Help Crime Stoppers Catch a Truck Thief #MCCrimeStoppers #GVCopBeat

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Crime Stoppers is requesting information that will lead to the identification of the suspect(s) that stole a vehicle.

Sometime between 10 pm on Monday, April 27th and 8 am on Wednesday, April 29th, the unknown suspect(s) entered the parking lot of Walgreen’s located at 2900 North Avenue and removed a 1994 Dodge Dakota truck. The Dodge truck bearing Colorado license plate number 511-XOQ is blue in color with chrome tie down anchors along each side of the bed of the truck and has a smashed passenger side quarter panel near the rear tail light. The total estimated property loss is over $4,000.

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.

Protect Yourself from Scams #GVCopBeat

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0A phone call from someone claiming to be your grandchild.

A check in the mail that you weren’t expecting.

An email from someone, offering you much more than you were asking, for that item you posted for sale online.

These are just a few of the ways that scammers may attempt to get your money or your personal information. Bad guys are getting increasingly sophisticated in their attempts to victimize you. The Grand Junction Police Department wants our community members to be informed, aware, and savvy when it comes to protecting your identity and your bank account.

  1. Educate yourself that scams are out there. When you encounter an uninvited contact from a person or business, always consider the possibility that the approach may be a scam.  These contacts can come via phone, mail, email, social networking sites, or even in person.  Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it is.
  2. Know who you’re dealing with and be suspicious of any requests for your personal information or money. Do your homework.  If you’re solicited by someone you don’t know, research them online. Never send money or your information to anyone you don’t know or trust.  Don’t agree to transfer funds for someone else.  You may be targeted for a money laundering scheme, which is a criminal offense.
  3. Be careful when shopping or conducting business online, and keep your personal details secure. Only use online services that you know and trust.  Again, do your research to see what other people’s experiences have been before you make an online purchase with a person or business for the first time.  Be very careful about how much personal information you share on social media.  Scammers use that information to steal your identity.

Unfortunately, there are people out there that will take advantage of our desire to be polite, generous, or compassionate.   It’s not just the naïve or gullible that fall for these schemes; any of us can fall victim. Don’t be afraid to be assertive! If you believe someone is attempting to victimize you, confront them. Usually, that will end the contact. If someone uses abusive language to intimidate you, end the contact immediately. Most importantly, if you encounter a scam, tell your friends and family; that knowledge could help protect them, should they be targeted in the future.

If you fall victim to scam and suffer a loss of personal information or money, residents of Grand Junction should download our fraud packet found here, then contact non-emergency dispatch at (970)242-6707 to set up an appointment to make a report with an officer. To report attempted scams, you can call the Colorado Attorney General’s Fraud Complaint Line at 1-888-222-4444, or you can go online to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at http://www.ic3.gov.

Spend a Dollar, Potentially Save Thousands: Bike Theft On the Rise #GVCopBeat #ShareGJ

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The cost of a bike isn’t always cheap, with some bikes ranging in price from $400 to thousands of dollars–a bike is an investment, and it is important to take proper precautions as bike riders to prevent bike theft. The Grand Junction Police Department has seen a recent spike in bike theft and we would like to pass on a few tips to protect yourself from f10365965_10202678792225335_3208168151211722129_nalling victim.

Invest in a strong bike lock and know how and where to use it:

Locking your property is the best way to prevent a thief from stealing it. Often people fail to lock up their bike while running quick errands or in places where it would seem to be okay to leave it unlocked. People often leave their bike unattended and unlocked on their patio at home, or in the hall of their apartment building, or even in the hallways of Colorado Mesa University–this gives thieves an easy target. If you are going to leave your bike somewhere unattended–even just for a few minutes–lock it up! When you do lock it up, remember to lock it to something sturdy. Bike racks are available at a multitude of locations, but given they are unavailable or full, remember to lock your bike to something hard that is difficult to cut or break.

Register Your Bike at The Grand Junction Police Department for just $1:

In the unfortunate event that your bike is stolen, having it registered with the GJPD will increase your chances of getting it back and greatly aides our recovery to get your bike back to you. Often GJPD officers will come across stolen bikes, with no way to prove they are stolen or lost because they aren’t registered.

To register your bike with the GJPD bring your bike down to our department located at 555 Ute Ave. Our records department will obtain basic information about the bike, such as the serial number, make and model and your information and run it in our system to make sure it isn’t stolen. Once that is completed, you will be issued a small metallic sticker with a unique number that can be placed on your bike. The sticker and registration is good for ten years.

Happy Biking! Stay Safe and Be Alert.

 

 

Theft of a Wallet…#MCCrimeStoppers Needs Your Help Identifying a Suspect! #GVCopBeat

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Crime Stoppers is requesting information that will lead to the identification of the suspect involved in a theft. Shortly after 3:35 p.m. on Thursday, December 18, 2014 the victim lost his
wallet at Bookcliff Gas & Grocery located at 2896 North Avenue. Surveillance video captured a male subject picking up the wallet from the floor and taking it inside the bathroom. The male exited the store without any attempt of returning the lost wallet to the store clerk. The surveillance photo of the suspect can be viewed at http://www.241STOP.com.

If you know the identity or whereabouts of the subject 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 .                      2014-00071281

GJPD Achieves Notable Designation #GVCopBeat

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BadgeNew-OfficerThe Grand Junction Police Department is pleased to announce that we have once again achieved Professional Standards Accreditation from the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP).  Our department first achieved CACP accreditation in 1996, but must undergo a review every five years.

The Professional Standards Accreditation program through CACP is an acknowledgement that a law enforcement agency has documented operations, policies, and procedures in place that clearly define the role of a peace officer, and that enhance the quality of services provided.  In order to achieve this accreditation, the Grand Junction Police Department had to meet over 200 established professional standards, which were verified by an on-site assessment by two law enforcement officials from other jurisdictions.  Our agency met or exceeded all the established standards, which included ethics, organization, crime prevention, and operations, among others.  Out of 239 law enforcement agencies in Colorado, the Grand Junction Police Department is one of only 43 accredited organizations.

“This is not an easy process, and it involves a lot of work and commitment by the entire department,” says Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper.  “We’re very proud of the dedication of our staff to providing quality law enforcement services to our community.”

The public is welcome to attend the presentation of the accreditation plaque during the City Council meeting at City Hall on Wednesday, August 19, at 7:00pm.

Another Reason Not to Leave Your Dog in Your Hot Car #GVCopBeat

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SAKALAOn Saturday, August 15, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to a report of two dogs left in a hot car at 2401 North Avenue.  Officers arrived on scene and contacted the driver of the vehicle, who provided the name of Sinda Sakala, aka Kirby, age 28.  A routine check of Sakala’s name and date of birth revealed a warrant for her arrest for charges of forgery and driving under restraint.  Sakala was placed under arrest for the warrant.  A subsequent search of her purse revealed two $20 bills, as well as a photocopy of a $20 bill.  Further investigation determined that the two $20 bills found in Sakala’s purse were counterfeit.

After reading Sakala her Miranda Rights, Sakala admitted that the two bills were fake, and in fact revealed that there were “a lot more fake bills” in the vehicle, as well as a printing machine used to produce the fake money.  A search of her vehicle resulted in the location of multiple sheets of paper containing printed images of $5 and $20 bills, printed on paper consistent with the texture of the bills found in Sakala’s purse.  There was also a printing device found in the vehicle, loaded with the same type of paper, as well as printed sheets in the top of the printer, with the same images of money on them.

Sakala’s wallet was retrieved from the car, and the wallet contained two debit cards in other people’s names.  Sakala was not able to explain why she was in possession of the cards, nor how they ended up in her wallet.

Sakala was transported to the Mesa County Jail and remanded to their custody on charges of criminal possession of a forged instrument, criminal possession of a forgery device, and criminal possession of two or more financial devices, as well as two warrant for her arrest.

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week for August 13, 2015 #MCCrimeStoppers #GVCopBeat

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Crime Stoppers is requesting information that will lead to the identification of the suspect that stole a Kershaw Leek Orange Folding Knife on Saturday, May 30th around 10:30 a.m. from Sportsman’s Warehouse located at 2464 US Hwy 6 & 50.

The suspect is a bald white male, about 5’9” tall, approximately 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, dark pants, tennis shoes and sunglasses. The surveillance photo of the suspect and the female he was traveling with can be viewed at http://www.241STOP.com.                   2015-32403

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.