Mesa County

Do You Know These Suspects Involved in an Attempted Burglary? #MCCrimeStoppers #GVCopBeat

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This week Crime Stoppers is requesting information that will lead to the identification of the suspects involved in an attempted burglary. In the early morning hours of Friday, December 4th, a video surveillance camera captured two unknown suspects at a home located in the 1300 block of Gold Lake Drive in Loma. The first suspect was a black male wearing a winter coat and jeans. The second suspect was a white male wearing a sweatshirt, jeans and a large chain style necklace. The surveillance photos of both suspects can be viewed at http://www.241stop.com. MCSO 15-41185 MCSO 2015-41185

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 http://www.241stop.com.

Colorado Is Home To Spectacular Views, Apart From This Graffiti…Know Who Did This? #MCCrimeStoppers #GVCopBeat

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Crime Stoppers is requesting information that will lead to the identification of the suspects involved in vandalizing several properties. Sometime between October 26 and early October 27th, unknown suspects spray painted graffiti on the Fruita Paleo Area trailhead. The McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area was also spray painted with the same graffiti and
other vulgar images and language last week. A photo of the graffiti can be viewed at http://www.241STOP.com.  BLM

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

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 davidke@gjcity.org.

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 info@241stop.com.

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.

GJPD Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on September 26 #ShareGJ

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rx_sideoffGrand Junction, Colorado – On September 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Grand Junction Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its tenth opportunity in five years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Grand Junction Police Department at 555 Ute Avenue. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Americans turned in 309 tons (over 617,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its eight previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.8 million pounds—more than 2,400 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the September 26 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Office of Diversion Control site or call the Grand Junction Police Department at (970)549-5114.

Joint Investigation into Burglary Series in Mesa County #GVCopBeat

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The Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office are working on a joint investigation into multiple burglaries that have occurred in the Redlands area of Mesa County. Several residential burglaries, as well as thefts from automobiles, have been reported in the last few weeks. Some of the burglaries give law enforcement additional concern because some of the victims report a male suspect has entered the homes while the residents were present.

In most cases, access to the homes has been through unlocked or unsecured doors and windows. Items stolen have ranged from firearms to jewelry, to cash and credit cards, as well as other small items. The burglaries are occurring during the late evening and early morning hours.

Both agencies are actively working together to identify the subject(s) involved. We are asking for the community’s assistance by making sure all doors and windows are locked and secured at all times. Also, leave exterior lights on at night. In addition, make sure your cars are locked and secure. Make sure items of value are not visible, and be watchful of your property and that of your neighbors. As always, report any suspicious activity to law enforcement by calling 911, or (970)242-6707, for non-emergency dispatch.

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.