2 arrested in theft of firearms

Two employees of a rental-car business face charges in the botched handling of two firearms mistakenly left behind in a car by a customer, according to arrest affidavits.

Matthew W. Gragert, 21, of Grand Junction, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of felony theft by receiving and misdemeanor counts of theft and criminal mischief.

Ikaika Fujimoto, 21, of Grand Junction, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of felony theft.

An arrest affidavit said an officer was called March 7 to the recovered property office of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 2828 Walker Field Drive, where Gragert personally handed over a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle and a Remington 12-gauge shotgun.

The owner told police they were used in a recent shooting competition, but he forgot to empty the trunk of his rental car when he returned it on March 5, the affidavit said.

Fujimoto allegedly found the weapons while cleaning the vehicle March 6 and didn’t tell anybody except for Gragert. Fujimoto sought to sell them for $150, accepting a $50 Visa gift card from Gragert as a down payment, the affidavit said.

In an apparent disguise effort, Gragert painted the AR-15 black and threw away two rifle cases and slings, the affidavit said.

A manager at the rental agency learned about the missing rifles and called police March 7, the affidavit said.


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