Police: Man stole vehicle, rammed it through fence

A Utah man is expected to make his first court appearance this afternoon in connection with his arrest Sunday on charges he stole a vehicle from a business on the west end of Grand Junction and rammed it through a fence.

Jeremiah Tomaske, 36, of Moab, could be charged with aggravated motor vehicle theft, second-degree burglary and first- and second-degree criminal trespass in connection with a series of incidents that began at the Holiday Inn Express, 625 Rae Lynn St.

Grand Junction police were called to that hotel on Sunday to remove a man who was wandering around inside the building and acting strange. The man, later identified as Tomaske, was gone when officers arrived, police said in a news release this morning.

While investigating a vehicle break-in at the hotel, officers were alerted to a trespass in progress in the 2300 block of Leland Avenue. Once officers arrived at the second scene, they determined Tomaske jumped a fence to a business and was inside a fenced yard. Tomaske gained entry into a vehicle, then drove it through a fence, causing more than $1,000 in damage. Tomaske drove the vehicle to another address on Leland Avenue, parked the vehicle, and fled on foot, according to police.

Officers then responded to the area of 25 Road and Waite Avenue on a report of another trespass in progress. When they arrived, they located Tomaske and determined he matched the description of the other incidents. He was arrested and taken to the Mesa County Jail.


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