Affidavit: School break-in suspect tells all in jail call

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 marijuana in his pockets, according to an affidavit. When asked why they were in the school, Councilor explained they “were out walking and got on the roof and just started looking around,” the affidavit said.

Grand Junction officers had surrounded the school, located at 2220 N. Seventh St., after a burglary alarm was triggered around 5 a.m. Sunday.

Detectives Tuesday night showed up at Barbour’s apartment with a search warrant. Barbour allegedly asked if they were there looking into Barbour’s “stolen wallet,” but later acknowledged he and Councilor had broken into the school from a window on the building’s roof, according to an affidavit.

Barbour denied stealing anything.

He explained he and Councilor were spooked and ran out of the building after seeing a face peeking through a window, believed to be a responding police officer.


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