Blotter, Feb. 1, 2013

Copper wire lures suspect

William Travis Stratton, 36, was arrested Wednesday night at 109 Anna Court, Unit A, on suspicion of second-degree burglary, criminal mischief and theft, and possession of burglary tools, a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff’s deputies found Stratton in the apartment, which was supposed to be vacant, making “banging” sounds, according to an arrest affidavit. Stratton told deputies he was in the apartment to “stay warm” and to remove copper from the apartment.

Deputies found bolt cutters in Stratton’s jeans and a duffel bag inside the apartment that contained pieces of copper pipe and electrical wire, according to the affidavit, as well as two baggies that contained suspected amphetamines inside a coat he had been wearing.

Stratton also was arrested on suspicion of displaying a fictitious validation tab on his license plate after deputies found a 2014 validation tab on his truck but found his plates expired last November, according to the affidavit.

TV, other items stolen


Crime Stoppers of Mesa County is seeking information about suspects involved in a burglary that took place some time around Dec. 31, 2012, in the 2500 block of Music Lane.

A flat-screen TV, Blu-ray player, cable box, Apple iPad, several pieces of jewelry and other household items were stolen.

Anyone with information that leads to an arrest can earn up to $1,000 in cash by reporting the identity or location of the people involved in the crime. Those with information can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 241-7867.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

■ A sex offense was reported to the Sheriff’s Department on Jan. 23.


The Grand Junction Police Department did not release a resume Thursday.


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