Blotter, April 26, 2014

Stolen card leads to arrest

Two men accused in a recent trail burglary were arrested Thursday after one of them tried to use a stolen credit card at an area department store and two banks, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

Surveillance footage and a cross-check of ongoing criminal investigations led investigators to Seth Burkholder, 31, and John DeFalco, 33, both of Fruita, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Surveillance footage from a local department store allegedly showed DeFalco attempting to use the stolen credit card. DeFalco later told investigators Burkholder assisted with the fraud, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The footage showed a tattoo that matched one depicted on DeFalco’s Facebook page and a license plate for a car driven by Burkholder. The credit card used in the footage linked the suspects to the April 12 theft of more than $1,600 worth of cash and valuables from a car at the Pollock Bench trail head near Fruita, police said.

Burkholder and DeFalco were arrested on suspicion of fraud, first-degree trespass, theft and criminal mischief.

Three accused of menacing


Two men and their female companion were arrested Friday after they and eight others allegedly threatened and harassed a woman because of a Facebook posting made by her daughter, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. 

Mariah Loya, 19, Sean Willis, 23, and Evan Phillips, 23, all of Mesa County, rolled up to a townhouse near the intersection of 30 Road and the Interstate 70 Business Loop shortly after 1 a.m. Friday joined by a crowd of people riding in three cars, several carrying guns, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Loya, Willis and Phillips were all arrested on suspicion of felony menacing, conspiracy and third-degree criminal trespass.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Someone unlawfully removed a vehicle from the area of 17th Street and Rood Avenue on April 10, causing a loss of less than $20,000.

■ A 15-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday for a weapons violation and transported to the Department of Youth Corrections. This was the second weapons violation the juvenile has allegedly committed in the last year.

■ Johannes Van Herk, 39, an alleged transient, was arrested and released Tuesday on a summons in the 400 block of Melody Lane on suspicion of trespassing.

■ Someone unlawfully entered an unlocked vehicle Tuesday in the 3100 block of Black Cross Canyon Lane and removed property valued at less than $300.

■ Someone caused a loss of more than $1,000 when a vehicle parked in the area of 2713 B 1/2 Road was vandalized Monday.

■ Someone removed property from a residence in the 1300 block of North 17th Street on Wednesday, causing a loss of less than $5,000.


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