Affidavit: Suspect in school break-in tells all from jail

Jeffrey Councilor

Garrett Barbour

In recorded phone calls placed at the Mesa County Jail, a suspect in Sunday’s burglary at Tope Elementary School implicated himself and a cohort in the “stupid” incident, according to an arrest affidavit.

Jeffrey Allen Councilor, 23, 303 Beaver St., called a friend from jail Sunday night and explained, “me and Garrett went inside the school through a roof last night and we were wandering around in there and messing around and we shouldn’t have been,” according to an unredacted arrest affidavit in the case.

“Yes sir, we sure did (enter the school). Stupid,” Councilor explained in the phone conversation, the affidavit said.

The affidavit, which notes all inmates are advised that calls placed from the jail are subject to possible recording, said Councilor went on to give the Grand Junction apartment address for “Garrett.” Within hours of a detective’s review of the recorded conversations Tuesday, Grand Junction police visited 24-year-old Garrett Barbour.

Barbour, 935 Northern Way, unit 9, was advised by County Court Judge Bruce Raaum Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of second-degree burglary related to the Tope Elementary break-in.

Councilor was arrested early Sunday while exiting the school’s main doors with cash, jewelry, a digital camera and a pipe smelling of burnt pot in his pockets, according to an affidavit.

Read the full story in Thursday’s Daily Sentinel.



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