Alleged teen burglars foiled in mall plot

Three teenagers are accused in an alleged plot involving a two-way radio and cellular phones to rob a Mesa Mall business over the predawn hours of Tuesday, authorities said.

Two boys, both 16, were arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, conspiracy and theft and are being held at the Division of Youth Corrections, according to a Grand Junction police news release.

A third boy, suspected as an intended getaway driver, was issued a summons for conspiracy and being an accessory to a crime, police said.

The third boy was reported to police around 1 a.m. as a suspicious subject, parked on the east side of the C&F gas station at 25 and Patterson roads, sitting in the driver’s seat leaned back and talking on his cell phone, according to an arrest affidavit.
When contacted by officers, the boy said he was waiting for his mother to pick him up and seemed nervous, the affidavit said. An officer saw a two-way radio, which was turned on, in the passenger’s seat.

“As we were talking to (driver) his cell phone continued to ring,” the affidavit said.

While talking with the driver, the officer determined two teenagers, the 16 year old boys, were inside Target, 2424 U.S. Highway 6 & 50. Police believe the boys were waiting inside the store for cleaning crews to leave, so they could steal merchandise.

Officers had surrounded the store by the time the boys emerged from the east side near Target’s pharmacy. Combined, they were carrying items valued under $500, the affidavit.

One of them fled on foot through the parking lot, crossing F Road, before he stopped in the parking lot of U.S. Bank, 2448 F Road. He was arrested at Taser point, the affidavit said.


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