Blotter: April 30, 2009

Credit fraud committed

• The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department is looking for several thieves who in two separate incidents stole debit/credit cards and racked up over $1,000 in fraudulent transactions in Mesa and Delta counties.

The incidents happened within the past couple of months.
In the first incident, a female suspect and two small children were caught on surveillance video at a Wal-Mart charging nearly $150 on stolen cards. The woman is white or Hispanic with shoulder length dark hair with light colored highlights. She had two young boys, also with dark hair, with her.

In the second incident, two suspects stole more than $1,200 with stolen cards from various locations in Mesa County. One man had on a Lowe’s shirt, but is not a Lowe’s employee.
Their photos were also captured on surveillance cameras.
Anyone with information about either crimes is asked to call 970-244-3260 or visit the Help Solve a Crime page at

Utility trailer stolen

• A utility trailer was stolen from the 900 block of Belford Avenue on April 13 and burned in the desert, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.
About $8,000 worth of construction equipment was also stolen from the trailer.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked by the Police Department to call Crime Stoppers at 241-7867 or 1-800-221-7867. The phone lines are not recorded and there is no Caller I.D. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

Medical call false alarm

A couple traveling into the area from out of town got a surprise when they were surrounded by police after waking up from sleeping in their vehicle on a busy Fruitvale road. After parking their vehicle off E Road near 32 Road Tuesday night, the couple slept there for the night, a neighbor said. Emergency dispatch were called to the area at about 9 a.m. Wednesday on a report of a medical call, but soon learned it was a false alarm.
According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

• More than $1,000 worth of property was stolen Sunday from a vehicle parked at the 900 block of North Avenue.

• Two vehicles were broken into at 2322 U.S. Highway 6 & 50 on Monday and over $1,000 worth of property was stolen.

• A vehicle was stolen Monday from the 1200 block of 18th Street.

• Prescription medication valued at $200 was stolen from a residence at 2322 U.S. Highway 6 & 50 on Monday.

• Someone climbed in a vehicle with the intent to assault another person on Monday.

• A residence at the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 50 was broken into Tuesday and less than $500 worth of property was stolen.

•  A false identity was used to purchase merchandise worth more than $1,000 with a credit card on Tuesday.

•  Someone forced their way into a residence Tuesday in the 100 block of Country Ridge Road and caused $1,000 worth of damage to the home.

•  An attempted break-in happened in the northeast part of the city on Tuesday.

• A female assaulted a person with her vehicle in the 200 block of Ouray Avenue on Tuesday.

• Two hydraulic pumps valued at more than $1,000 were stolen out of a vehicle parked at the Residence Inn, 767 Horizon Dr. on Tuesday.

• Credit cards and a driver’s license were stolen from a locker in the 700 block of Maldonado.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

• Someone tagged a fence with black spray paint in the 2900 block of Sunset Drive on Tuesday.

• A bicycle valued at $200 was stolen from a front yard in the 3200 block of E 1/2 Road on Tuesday.


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