Man suspected in 2nd wave of car break-ins

A Fruita man was arrested Thursday night in connection with his second alleged theft-from-vehicle spree in less than a month, the most recent ending shortly after he smashed the window of an unmarked police patrol car and stole a purse that held the man’s own booking photo from the Mesa County Jail, according to an arrest affidavit.

Cody Joe Lynn, 24, 1234 E. Addington Lane, was arrested on suspicion of 16 counts of first-degree criminal trespass of an auto and 14 counts of criminal mischief, in addition to three theft charges, the affidavit said.

Between July 1 and Thursday night, Lynn is suspected of smashing windows of parked cars and stealing thousands of dollars of property at locations including Devil’s Canyon, Opal Loop and the Loma boat launch, among other areas, the affidavit said. Lynn admitted involvement in at least five of the incidents, the affidavit said.

Lynn became a suspect after a witness Wednesday night reported seeing a white truck speeding away from Devil’s Canyon trail head, where a window on a black SUV had been shattered, the affidavit said. The license plate of the white truck was registered to the same company that owned a truck associated with Lynn during his June 14 arrest, the affidavit said.

On Thursday just before 8 p.m., deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department’s street-crimes unit allegedly watched as Lynn smashed windows on a Jaguar parked at Devil’s Canyon trail head. Lynn needed four tries with a rock to smash a window as deputies observed, but they did not intervene to stop the crime, the affidavit said.

Lynn allegedly smashed the window of an unmarked patrol car and stole a purse that was left in the car by deputies.

“One item (in the purse) was a printed photo of the suspect, Cody Lynn,” the affidavit said. “Cody Lynn admitted during the interview he had seen the picture and didn’t realize what it was.”

Lynn was arrested around 9:30 p.m. at 701 Canyon Creek Drive in Grand Junction.

On June 14, Lynn was arrested on federal charges. Law enforcement officials said he confessed to breaking into three vehicles parked at Lower Monument Canyon trail head, stealing credit cards from one of them and using the cards to buy groceries.  He was booked into the Mesa County Jail on June 14 and released the next day after posting a federal bond.

Lynn on Friday was ordered jailed on $7,500 bond, and a judge issued an order that prohibits him from being on any public lands.


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