Alleged car burglar commits crime right under cops’ noses

Michael May

A theft suspect in downtown Grand Junction apparently wasn’t impressed Sunday by the new $32 million police building.

Michael Jacob May, 26, was jailed on suspicion of felony theft from auto, attempted theft from auto and possession of burglary tools, after an off-duty Grand Junction police officer saw him trying to break into several cars parked across the street from the new police station, according to police Sgt. Derek Rosales.

Rosales said the officer had just finished his shift and was walking to his car in the front lot of the new building at 555 Ute Ave.

May was allegedly observed using coat hangers to burglarize several cars parked in the lot just east of the Greyhound Bus depot in the 500 block of Ute Avenue, according to Rosales.

The off-duty officer reported a suspicious male to dispatchers at 6:11 a.m.

Rosales said day shift officers were about to start a daily briefing when they were called to handle the in-progress incident happening across the street.

“About four of us just went outside and hooked him (May) up,” Rosales said.

Rosales said 911 dispatchers, who work in the second floor of the new police station, were able to look north out their windows to give officers more eyes on the situation.

“They had a play-by-play view,” he said.


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