Blotter: February 12, 2009

Sign panel vandals sought

•  Crime Stoppers is asking for public help finding who caused more than $20,000 in damage earlier this month to two portable message sign panels.
Between the night of Feb. 1 and the morning of Feb. 2, sign panels owned by Your Way Safety and Supply Inc. were shot with paintballs, a shotgun and a rifle, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.
The signs were near the intersection of U.S. Highway 6 and 14 Road and the intersection of U.S. 6 and Slickrock Drive.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 241-7867 or 800-221-7867. Calls are anonymous.

Man gets suspicious letter

• A man told deputies Tuesday he received a suspicious letter from the Bank of Spain, telling him he’d won $5.5 million in an international lottery, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
One day after receiving the letter, the man said he received telephone call with the name of a claims agent and information about another telephone call coming later in the day when he would have to provide his bank account number.
The man told deputies that several months earlier, he received a $5,000 check in the mail, which he deposited. The check was fraudulent.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

•  Melanie Ann Sale, 21, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Someone is suspected of committing fraud in the 500 block of 29 1/4 Road, causing more than $1,000 in losses.

•  A vandal caused less than $1,000 in damage to a storage unit in the 2800 block of North Avenue.
According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

•  Someone broke into a vehicle in the 600 block of Alan Way, damaging the car and stealing property. There was no estimate of damage.

•  A resident in the 100 block of Alcove Drive reported that man came to her door and requested gasoline or money for gasoline. The woman did not have either to give the man. Extra patrol in the area was requested.

•  A man reported that $500 was fraudulently charged to his credit card.

•  A woman reported that people had shot yellow paintballs at her residence and fence in Loma.

•  Extra patrol was requested in the 1800 block of J 2/10 Road after someone unsuccessfully tried to break into a building on the property.

•  Deputies responded to the 400 block of Sandia Drive after an attempted burglary. Someone used large pieces of wood and a ladder to try and break into a residence. Damage was about $200.


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