Blotter, Jan. 16, 2013

More bad bills in Montrose

The Montrose Police Department has noticed an increase in counterfeit bills being passed within city limits this month, Cmdr. Gene Lillard said Tuesday.

Since the beginning of January, the police department has taken multiple calls about fake $20 bills, but on Monday at Chili’s, 1431 Ogden Road, a counterfeit $100 bill was found, Lillard said.

“This was the first $100 bill we’ve seen,” he said. “We’re not sure if all (cases) are related.”

Lillard said he has alerted other agencies on the Western Slope to the increase in counterfeit bills in Montrose.

Lillard offered tips for business owners or workers on spotting a counterfeit bill. First, he said, don’t rely on a counterfeit pen because they aren’t reliable. Second, hold the bill up to the light and look for the magnetic strip and a hologram. Third, make sure the bill has sharp edges and even boundaries. Fourth, counterfeit bills “usually have too much ink in the art.”

Frozen food stolen


Brandon Nicholas Laird, 18, 1123 E. Carolina Ave., Unit 4, Fruita, was arrested Monday on suspicion of second-degree burglary of a shed and stealing frozen pizzas, ribs, frozen waffles and “possibly” other items, valued at $30, according to his arrest affidavit from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Someone went into a home under construction in the 400 block of Chert Drive on Sunday and stole tools and construction materials valued at more than $1,000.

■ Two mailboxes in the 3400 block of C 1/2 Road were reported damaged Saturday.


According to the Fruita Police Department:

■ A report of an unattended death in the 1108 block of Primrose Lane was being investigated Monday.


According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department:

■ Deputies are investigating a theft reported Monday in the Silt area.


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