Blotter, Jan. 27, 2013

Cops look for ‘puffer’ cars

Police will observe “puffer awareness week” to encourage people not to leave vehicles running while unattended, the Grand Junction Police Department said in a news release.

“Puffer” is a term coined by car thieves who target a vehicle left running but unoccupied. Leaving a vehicle running while unattended is illegal in Colorado, but 30 percent of Colorado drivers admitted to doing just that in a recent survey, the release said.

The Western Colorado Auto Theft Task Force will be looking for such scenarios over the coming week, providing “educational information to those caught puffing,” the release said.

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According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Items valued at less than $500 were reported stolen Wednesday from a parked vehicle in the 100 block of Gunnison Avenue.

■ Kassandra Lauber, 21, Clifton, was cited Thursday on suspicion of shoplifting items at Walmart, 2881 North Ave.

■ Todd Wheeler, 44, and Courtney Leonard, 23, were cited Wednesday on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia at 528 N. 18th St.


The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department did not release jail booking or activity reports on Saturday.


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