Blotter: July 15, 2009

Thief steals from church

• A thief stole more than $1,000 in electronics Tuesday morning from the Northeast Christian Church, 2001 Patterson Road, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.
At approximately 2:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to the church after a burglar alarm went off.
A member of the church said at least five laptop computers, a video projector and a video-game console were stolen. There were no reports of damages, according to the Police Department.

Assault suspects sought

• The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department is asking the public for help in locating two men they believe were involved in an assault May 1 at Cactus Canyon, 3210 I-70 Business Loop.
Video surveillance showed two men throwing a glass bottle at the outside wall of the bar. The bottle broke into pieces and injured two adults, the Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.
Witnesses told deputies the suspects ran from the bar after the incident, fleeing south through the parking lot.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call 244-3266 or Crime Stoppers at 241-7867.

Death ruled a suicide

• The Mesa County Coroner’s Office said a man found dead in his Grand Junction home late Monday committed suicide.
“Therefore, out of respect to the family, no further information will be released,” the coroner’s office said in a news release.
The Grand Junction Police Department was called out to 2990 1/2 Summerbrook Drive on what was initially reported as a suicide. Neighbors said they heard a single gunshot just before midnight.
Police first classified the death as suspicious, but did not elaborate.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

• Scott Irwin Luebe, 54, 1550 S. U.S. Highway 50, No. 26, was arrested Monday on suspicion of second-degree auto theft.

• Phillip John Rivera, 18, 508 29 Road, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of second-degree auto theft, theft of less than $500 and obstruction of a police officer. Police said Rivera stole a Grand Junction Little League golf cart and tools from the cart. A juvenile girl also was arrested and later released to her parents, pending charges.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

• A vehicle was keyed and 24 gallons of gasoline were stolen Monday in the 500 block of Garland Court. Damage to the car was $400. The value of the gas was $60.


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