Blotter, April 25, 2014

Burglary at liquor store

Crime Stoppers of Mesa County is seeking information about a burglary that occurred March 21 at Fruitvale Liquor, 505 30 Road.

Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglar alarm tripped shortly before 7 a.m. A male suspect damaged property and stole various items from the store. The suspect is described as white or Hispanic; between the ages of 25 and 35; about 5 feet, 8 inches or 5 feet 10 inches tall; about 180 to 220 pounds; with dark, medium-length hair and a full goatee. He was last seen in surveillance photos wearing a long-sleeve shirt, pants and a baseball cap. The photos are available at

Anyone with information about the suspect can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 241-7867 and earn up to $1,000 cash for information that leads to an arrest.

Man faces many charges


Joseph Daniel Yoder, 25, was arrested Wednesday at 836 Henry Circle in Fruita on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft and property damage, among other charges, following an alleged hit and run incident, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded at 1:39 a.m. Wednesday to a report of a hit and run in the area of 635 Stone Mountain Drive in Fruita and found a fence and some landscaping had been damaged, according to an arrest affidavit. A person told deputies she believed the driver who caused the damage, then left the scene, was hiding in the car at 836 Henry Circle. Deputies found a black, 1994 Mercedes E320 with bumper and undercarriage damage at the address. Yoder was also at the residence but fled the scene, according to the affidavit.

Deputies discovered the vehicle, which belonged to Yoder’s father, had been taken without permission from 2992 Interstate 70-Business Loop, where it had been left while Yoder’s father was in the Mesa County Jail.  Fruita police responded to the Henry Circle address again shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday on a report that Yoder was in the middle of a suspected burglary. He was arrested at the scene and booked into the Mesa County Jail.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ A 12-year-old was issued a summons Tuesday at 1129 Colorado Ave. on suspicion of possession of marijuana and tobacco by an underage person.

■  A sex assault was reported in the south part of the city Monday.

■  A known person is suspected of sexually assaulting a person in January in the northeast part of the city.

■  Someone sexually assaulted a person in February in the central part of the city.

■  Trenton C. Wilkins, 33, was issued a summons April 18 on suspicion of littering for allegedly throwing a cigarette out of a vehicle window in the area of North Avenue and 28 Road.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Someone found a stolen van Wednesday in the 3200 block of Downey Circle. Some saws had been stolen from the van.

■  Hatch D. Evans, 27, was issued a summons Tuesday in the 2900 block of North Ave. on suspicion of keeping a disorderly house. Someone at the house was playing loud music, according to the summons, and a person yelled “Woohoo” out a window.


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