Blotter, April 18, 2013

Strangers offer pupils rides

A pair of incidents in Grand Junction and Fruita over the past two weeks involving schoolchildren being approached by strangers prompted police on Wednesday to issue a warning to parents.

On April 5, a girl who attends Wingate Elementary School, 351 S. Camp Road, said she was walking in a neighborhood behind the school when an older man in a blue sedan with spots of gray, which had Arizona license plates, approached her and asked if she wanted a ride to school, according to police spokeswoman Kate Porras. The girl declined and walked away. “At this point we do not know who the man was, what his intentions were or if he was planning to harm the girl,” Porras said.

On April 10, a boy walking home from Rimrock Elementary School, 1810 J 6/10 Road, said a man, who appeared to be in his late teens or early 20s, driving a black or blue pickup truck, stopped and asked the boy if he needed a ride, according to the Fruita Police Department. The boy ran home and contacted his parents. The driver remains unidentified, police said.

The reported incidents in Fruita and Grand Junction are not believed to be related, authorities said.

Bogus $100 bill passed

Someone on Monday paid for merchandise at a business in the 2000 block of East Main Street with a counterfeit $100 bill, according to the Grand Junction Police Department. There were no suspects in the case.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Police took a report Sunday of person abusing a child in the 2600 block of Belford Avenue. Investigation showed there was insignificant information to prove a crime.

■ Damage was less than $500 when someone vandalized a parked vehicle Monday at 2150 College Place.

■ Jamison Ellington, 20, was issued a summons Tuesday for suspicion of trespassing at 1202 Gunnison Ave.

■ Ernie Sisneros, 31, was allegedly found in possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia while he was being booked Monday at the Mesa County Jail on an unrelated warrant.

■ A firearm was reported stolen Sunday from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 1100 block of Santa Clara Avenue, causing of loss of less than $500.

■ More than $1,000 in cash and property were reported stolen Monday following a burglary at a business in the 2700 block of B 1/2 Road.

■ A trailer with an all-terrain vehicle was reported stolen Sunday from 2790 Crossroads Blvd., causing a loss of more than $1,000.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

■ Russell Jones, 54, was cited Tuesday for suspicion of harassment and assault on an at-risk adult after being contacted in the 2800 block of C 1/2 Road.

■ A woman in the 400 block of Forelle Street reported Monday someone had damaged several slats on her fence.


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