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Online Sales Exchange Safe Zone Now Available at GJPD #GVCopBeat #ShareGJ

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Craigslist2In today’s economy, it’s especially valuable to have options available for citizens to buy, sell, or trade goods.  Craigslist, Facebook, and other online platforms are a great way to sell that car you’ve never gotten around to fixing, or buy a gently used lawnmower for a reasonable price.  However, some people are understandably skeptical about inviting a stranger to their home to make that exchange, or to venture into an area with which they’re unfamiliar, with a pocket full of cash.

All over the country, ecommerce safe zones are popping up.  Numerous law enforcement agencies are providing a safe place to make those exchanges.  The Grand Junction Police Department is happy to start providing that service to our community, as well.

The process itself is really simple.  Our lobby is open from 8am to 6pm, seven days a week.  We also have two well-lit spots in our parking lot that we’ve designated for before or after hours trades.  Feel free to arrange to meet here to buy, sell, or trade your items.  Both our lobby and parking lot are under recorded video surveillance, 24 hours per day.  No appointment is needed, no advance notification necessary.  There won’t be an officer monitoring the transaction.  Our intention is to provide a location where citizens can feel safe and comfortable in these types of situations, knowing that police are only feet away.  If someone is unwilling to meet you at the police department to make your exchange, you may have just avoided a scam, or worse.

The Grand Junction Police Department is always looking for proactive ways to clamp down on crime and partner with our community.  We hope our citizens will find this service useful.  Questions?  Concerns?  Let us know!  Call (970)549-5114, or email heidid@gjcity.org.

Male Suspect Photographing Teens in Target #GVCopBeat #MCCrimeStoppers

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The Grand Junction Police Department needs your help to identify a male suspect that is wanted for harassment. On Tuesday, August 25th two female teenagers were shopping inside Target located at 2424 Hwy 6 & 50, when they noticed a male subject taking photos of them. The suspect was described as Hispanic male, approximately 40 years old, 5’3” tall, with a scruffy mustache and goatee wearing a black t-shirt, shorts, and a red baseball cap. The surveillance photo of the suspect can be viewed at http://www.241STOP.com.  2015-51774

If you know the identity or location 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.

Missing Person Found #Missing #GJPD #ShareGJ #GVCopBeat

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Heather Fullerton has been found and is safe.  There is no longer a need to report Heather’s whereabouts.

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Seeking Shoplift Suspect #GVCopBeat #MCCrimeStoppers

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2015-00055887SUSPECT_1The Grand Junction Police Department needs your help in locating a male suspect who stole a pair of shoes from the Wal-Mart store at 2545 Rimrock Avenue, around 4:40 pm on Saturday, September 12.

The male switched the shoes he was wearing with a pair of new shoes in a box on the display shelf and started walking out of the store. When contacted by loss prevention officers, the male then ran from the store. The suspect is described as a white male, 35-45 years old, around 6 feet tall and 200 lbs. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black shirt. The total estimated property loss is less than $100. The surveillance photo of the suspect can be viewed at http://www.241STOP.com.

If you know the identity or whereabouts of this subject, 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, visit http://www.241stop.com

So You Have A Vacation Planned, but What About Your House? #GVCopBeat #ShareGJ

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With the changing of the seasons comes the opportunity for vacation. Before you jet set off to the nearest beach, or to spend time with your family, it is important to make sure things are squared away at home. As the holiday season is just around the corner, often, thieves take this as an opportunity to break into homes and steal precious items. Don’t let yourself or your valuables become a victim.                                GJPD Logo

The Grand Junction Police Department would like to help protect your home while you are away. Our Vacation House Check program is free, and only requires this  Vacation House Check Form to be filled out and submitted . You can rest easy and enjoy your vacation knowing that we have the safety of your home and the goods inside it better protected.

In addition to filling out the vacation house check form, here are a few tips to help you further protect your home:

  • Buy A Light Switch Timer:
    You may think that leaving a house light or two on during your vacation will prevent thieves, but it could actually lure them in. Having a house light on consistently and through out the night looks odd–and gives the impression that nobody is home to turn it off. Instead, consider purchasing a light switch timer that will automatically turn your lights on and off according to the time schedule you set. Think you’re going to buy one? Check out this Honeywell 7-Day Programmer from Amazon.
  • Don’t Make it Easy for Thieves–Watch What You Post:
    Before you post about your upcoming vacation on your social media accounts- such as Facebook and Twitter- it’s important to stop and think: “Who is actually reading this?” Social networking sites have made it easier for criminals to target their next victim. Be aware that not everything you post is protected, and often, social media sites have a consistently fluctuating privacy policy–before you post, make sure to think twice. In addition to watching your posting habits before your next vacation, it is also important to be careful what you say on your home phone answering machine or voice mail. Callers just need to know you can’t come to the phone, not that you’re not home.
  • Extra! Extra! They’re Not Home to Read It:
    Do you have a daily or weekly newspaper delivered to your driveway? Before you leave on your vacation, consider asking a friend or a family member to pick up the newspapers from your drive way. Having multiple newspapers gathered on the front of your drive way could send a signal to criminals that you’re out of town. If you plan on being gone for an extended period of time, you might consider putting a hold to your mail, as well. Piled up mail in the mailbox could lead to a number of issues, including identity theft. To place a hold to your mail, visit USPS.com.
  • Have A Spare? Don’t Make it Easy:
    Instead of leaving your extra house key under the mat on your front porch, or even under a flower pot, give it to a trusted family member or friend. If for any reason a criminal does get wind that you’re not home, they’re likely to look for a spare key. Don’t make it easy for them to walk away with your items.
  • Lock It Up:
    In addition to following the advice above, don’t forget to lock your house. You might find yourself so eager to leave, that you forget to lock your windows or your back door. Before leaving, double check that all locks are in the locked position and that there are no open windows. If your home has a security system, make sure that is set as well. If you have certain items that have substantial value, such as jewelry, consider locking it up and putting it in a closet under clothing.

Happy travels!

 

GJPD to Tweet the Beat on Friday, October 2 #GVCopBeat #PolTwt

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Want to go on a Friday night ride along with a cop, from the comfort and safety of your home?

The Grand Junction Police Department will be participating in the 5th Annual Global Police Tweet-along on Friday, October 2nd!

#PolTwt is an event that takes place twice a year, offering a firsthand look at what law enforcement officers encounter in the course of their shift, and a snapshot of what’s going on in our neighborhoods and communities. We’ll tweet dispatch calls, education items, and officer responses. This is a fun opportunity for law enforcement agencies around the world to give a voice to the great work they do every day, and to provide citizens a behind-the-scenes look at police work.

Make sure you follow us on Twitter (@GrandJunctionPD) and watch for the hashtag #PolTwt. We’ll tweet you on the street!

Help Us Identify a Hit and Run Suspect #GVCopBeat #MCCrimeStoppers

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The Grand Junction Police Department is requesting information that will lead to the identification of a hit and run suspect.

On Sunday, August 2nd,  a male suspect intentionally drove into the victim’s vehicle in the Walmart parking lot, located at 2545 Rimrock Avenue. The surveillance camera captured an image of the male suspect. He appeared to be in his late 20’s or early 30’s, about 6’ tall, medium build, with brown hair and a full beard. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt with blue jeans and a white, baseball cap that was facing backwards. His vehicle was a white crew cab truck with black trim.

The surveillance photo of the suspect and a female he was traveling with can be viewed at http://www.241STOP.com. If you know the identity or whereabouts of this subject, 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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Roll Over Crash Leads to a DUI Arrest #GVCopBeat #GVTraffic

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The Grand Junction Police Department responded to a traffic crash in the area of 27 1/2 Rd / Ridge Dr. The driver, and sole occupant, of the passenger car failed to negotiate the curve as she was headed northbound on 27 1/2 Rd. She ran off the road, taking the car airborne, and the vehicle landed on it’s hood. The driver, identified at Tessie Pope, 34, was transported to the hospital. She was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

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Can You Help Us Identify These Suspects Involved In a Burglary #GVCopBeat #MCCrimeStoppers

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This week Crime Stoppers is requesting information that will lead to the identification of the suspects involved in a burglary. Sometime between 1 pm on Saturday, May 9th and 9:30 am on Monday, May 11th, unknown subject(s) unlawfully entered CrossFit Vex at 379 Indian Road and stole numerous black floor mats and a blue camp chair. The total estimated property loss is over $750. The surveillance photo of the suspect’s tan or gold Cadillac Escalade type truck can be viewed at http://www.241stop.com.                   15-28360

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.

Arrest Made in Monday Night Shooting #GVCopBeat

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Cropped Badge-Transparent BackgroundThe Grand Junction Police Department has arrested Howard Ray Walker III, DOB: 12/22/1984, in connection with the shooting that occurred on Monday night in the area of 28 ½ Road and Hall Avenue.

In the course of the investigation into this incident, the Grand Junction PD was able to develop Walker as a suspect in this case. The GJPD Street Crimes Unit made contact with Walker in the 2000 Block of Grand Avenue last night at approximately 9:45. He was arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Jail.

Walker is currently being held on charges of 1st Degree Assault, Felony Menacing, and Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender.

The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the events on Monday night is still active, but the GJPD is not seeking any other suspects at this time. Walker’s mug shot will not be released until further investigation is complete.