Three men nabbed in vehicle thefts

Three Mesa County men have been arrested in conjunction with the theft of two vehicles from the same block in Clifton, one of which the owner left running, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office announced today.

Brian Richardson, 29, of Grand Junction and Christopher Foster, 29, of Whitewater, were arrested on Jan. 13 after Fruita police stopped them in a stolen vehicle and learned they had warrants outstanding for their arrest. The vehicle had been painted over with spray paint, likely in an attempt to keep the vehicle from being recognizable, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The vehicle had been reported stolen just before 8 a.m. Jan. 8 by the owner, who said he left the vehicle unlocked outside his home in the 3200 block inf Hall Court. There were items missing and damage to the vehicle, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

A week later, on Monday, deputies responded to a different home in the 3200 block of Hall Court after the owner of a 2003 Jeep left the vehicle running to warm up for a couple of minutes and the Jeep was stolen. Deputies searched the area and found the Jeep in the Clifton City Market parking lot. Kevin Rohracker, 30, of Grand Junction, was found inside the Jeep and was arrested on suspicion of second-degree auto theft, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

In addition to these auto thefts, the Grand Junction Police Department received reports of two vehicles that were stolen after being left running and unattended by their owners.

Authorities want to remind residents not to leave their vehicles running and unattended.


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