Blotter, Dec. 14, 2012
Scam uses fear to trick victims
The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents a new scam has surfaced in the county and nationwide.
The scam involves a person with a foreign accent phoning the victim and claiming to be a representative of an attorney’s office in Dallas. The caller tells the victim he or she will be arrested at work and jailed within 24 hours while the victim is investigated for a crime. The caller obtains some personal information about the victim prior to the call and uses that information to convince the victim to give the caller more personal information and possibly money.
The Sheriff’s Department wants to remind potential victims to never release personal information via phone and to report suspicious calls like this one immediately.
Mischief reported at school
A school employee reported several picnic tables were tipped over Sunday at Gateway School, 42575 Colorado Highway 141, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.
A power supply to the school also was shut off by the unknown suspects. If the suspects are found, they may be charged with criminal mischief of less than $100, according to a Sheriff’s Department report.
According to the Grand Junction Police Department:
■ Someone unlawfully entered a person’s vehicle Monday and attempted to take the person’s purse, causing her pain and suffering during a struggle.
■ A juvenile is suspected of being sexually assaulted Dec. 6 somewhere in Mesa County.
■ A known person is being investigated on suspicion of assaulting an at-risk adult Aug. 15 in the 200 block of Pinon Street.
■ Someone stole a vehicle Sunday from the 1100 block of Colorado Avenue, causing a loss of $1,000 to the owner.
According to the Montrose County Sheriff’s Department:
■ Jared T. Smith, 20, was arrested Thursday in Montrose on suspicion of sex assault on a child.
■ A deputy assisted the FBI with a warrant arrest Wednesday in the 1800 block of East Main Street.