Blotter; April 15, 2009

Sales of fake IDs alleged

• An Avon man was arrested on suspicion of making and selling fake U.S. immigration and Social Security cards to an undercover detective, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Department announced Tuesday.
Sheriff’s officials believe Jorge Luis Loera Esparza, 22, has manufactured more than 100 fake cards.
An undercover detective met Esparza in the parking lot of Esparza’s apartment complex after a citizen tipped off deputies. Esparza took the detective’s picture with a digital camera, went to his apartment, returned with two forged cards and sold them to the detective for $100, the Sheriff’s Department said.
After he was arrested, Esparza cooperated with police and turned over the computer equipment he used to manufacture the cards. Deputies said his software also was capable of making fake driver’s licenses and vehicle insurance cards.
Esparza, a suspected illegal immigrant, is being held on suspicion of forgery, possession of a forged instrument and possession of a forgery device.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

•  Coary Burnham, 46, address unknown, was issued a summons Monday on suspicion of theft and being an intoxicated pedestrian in the roadway after he was contacted at 2896 North Ave.

•  Jessica Nelson, 19, address unknown, was issued a summons on suspicion of theft Monday after she allegedly stole merchandise from two stores at Mesa Mall.

•  Someone forced entry in a fenced-in area in the 500 block of 28 1/2 Road on Monday and stole a vehicle valued at less than $20,000.

•  Someone stole an ATV valued at less than $1,000 from the 700 block of Brassie Drive on Monday

•  Someone stole a utility trailer and its contents from the 900 block of Belford Avenue on Monday. Total loss is estimated at more than $1,000.

•  Someone broke a window of a business in the 400 block of Main Street on Monday, causing more than $1,000 in damage.

•  Someone caused more than $1,000 in damage to property at a business in the 2100 block of North Avenue on Monday.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

•  Tina Louise Lobato, 41, 641 1/2 Colony Drive, was arrested Monday night on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and violating bail-bond conditions.

•  A man living in the 400 block of 32 1/8 Road reported Monday that someone stole a water pump valued at $700 from his yard.

•  A woman living in the 3300 block of D 1/2 Road reported Monday that someone entered two sheds on her property and stole $120 worth of tools.

•  A man living in the 500 block of 33 Road reported Monday that vehicles and motorcycles have been drag racing twice a day using both lanes of the road for the last few days.

According to the Fruita Police Department:

•  Brian Ray Siefken, 24, of Albuquerque, N.M., was arrested Monday on suspicion of reckless driving, failing to report an accident, leaving the scene of an accident, tampering with evidence and harassment.


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