Blotter: December 05, 2008

Bomb-threat arrests made

• Tips that officers from the Grand Junction Police Department gathered at Grand Junction High School helped them arrest two 14-year-old boys in connection with a Nov. 25 bomb threat at the school.
Both boys, the Police Department announced, could face charges of false reporting and interfering with an educational facility. The Police Department did not release the boys’ names.
In announcing the arrests, police credited cooperation with the school as helping break the case. Through he couldn’t provide specifics about possible student tips that might have led to the arrests, School District 51 spokesman Jeff Kirtland indicated that his office put out information about the Mesa County Crime Stoppers TipSoft program shortly after the incident, which likely helped in the investigation effort.

Man accused of check fraud

• Charles Matthew Steckman, 32, 823 Espirit Lane, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of check fraud of more than $1,000 after officers with the Fruita Police Department contacted him near the intersection of North Maple Street and Sabil Drive.
Steckman bonded out of the Mesa County Jail after he was booked into the facility around 11:25 a.m. Wednesday.

Man accused of selling pot

• Rashab J. Tolbert, 29, of Cincinnati, was arrested Wednesday evening on suspicion of marijuana distribution after deputies from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department contacted him in the 200 block of South Fifth Street.
Tolbert was booked into the Mesa County Jail later that day.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

•  A thief stole a wallet from a shopper in the 2800 block of North Avenue sometime Monday and used a credit card to make more than $1,000 in fraudulent purchases.

•  Someone stole a 2002 silver Dodge Neon from a rental agency in Grand Junction sometime Tuesday. The vehicle, valued at more than $1,000, has been overdue for nearly a month.


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