Blotter: February 07, 2009

Man says he stole shotgun

• A homeless Grand Junction man was arrested Thursday after officers found him with a shotgun he said he stole from his ex-wife and drug paraphernalia, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.
Michael Adam Ritchie, 35, was found in an apartment in the 2800 block of Orchard Avenue with the weapon and pipes with marijuana residue and had a warrant for his arrest for failing to register as a sex offender, a contempt of court warrant for having a gun on school grounds and an additional contempt of court warrant for a restraining order violation.
Ritchie said he stole the shotgun for protection because he believed a motorcycle gang had put a “hit” on him and that he feared for his life if he went to jail.

3 men tried to flee cops

• Three men are suspected of various drug offenses and attempting to flee a traffic stop Thursday, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.
Anthony Romero, 41, Patrick Rodriguez, 38, and Lawrence Gay, 26, were arrested after deputies tried to pull the men over for failure to yield.
Deputies found suspected methanphetamine, and the men attempted to flee.
Romero is a parolee fugitive, according to police records, and Rodriguez is a registered sex offender.
    According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

•  Alisha Jones, 22, was issued a ticket Jan. 29 on suspicion of shoplifting merchandise valued at $135.50 from The Buckle and Herberger’s in Mesa Mall.

•  A car valued at more than $1,000 was stolen Wednesday from the 2600 block of
B 1/2 Road.

•  A generator valued at less than $1,000 was stolen Wednesday from a storage unit in the 600 block of North First Street.

•  A vandal caused more than $1,000 in damage to the Salon Professional Academy on Thursday.

•  A burglar broke into a car Thursday in the 100 block of Buena Vista Drive and stole property valued at more than $1,000.

•  A 15-year-old girl was issued a ticket Thursday on suspicion of shoplifting at Mesa Mall.

•  A 16-year-old boy was issued a ticket Thursday on suspicion of shoplifting in the 600 block of Market Way. He also had an outstanding warrant.

•  Tools valued at more than $1,000 were stolen Thursday from the bed of a truck in the 2300 block of the Interstate 70 Business Loop.

•  A vandal smashed a window of a car Friday near 16th Street and Ouray Avenue.

•  A 15-year-old girl was issued a ticket Thursday on suspicion of shoplifting in the 1900 block of North First Street.
 
    According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

•  Victoria Marie Martinez, 27, Grand Junction, was arrested Friday on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and child abuse. She also was named in a warrant.

•  Sonja Susanne Carbajal, 30, Grand Junction, was arrested Friday on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.         

• A thief broke into a shed Thursday in the 2800 block of C Road and stole sports equipment valued at $940.


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