Blotter: July 17, 2009

Alarm sounds at vandalized OM church

• Grand Junction police were called around 2 a.m. Thursday on a report of burglar alarm at Trinity Baptist Church, 2748 B 1/2 Road. It wasn’t immediately clear whether anything was taken. The same church sustained tens of thousands of dollars in damage on May 18 in a burglary. Two teenage boys are suspects.

Suspect arrested in debit card theft

• One person is in custody and another is wanted on suspicion they stole a debit card and used it to rack up more than $1,500 in fraudulent charges.
Savannah Wilcox, 22, of Clifton was arrested July 2 on drug-related charges and multiple warrants, one of which was related to the identity theft case. A warrant is out for Kyler Rentie, 19, of Clifton, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.
Investigators allege the two stole the debit card from an unlocked vehicle in the 400 block of Cottonwood Lake Drive sometime between February and May 2009.

Police warn of fraud in calls about ads

Grand Junction police have received reports from people who placed print and online classified ads of suspicious phone callers asking about the items for sale.
During recent weeks, at least five people have reported someone suspicious offering to purchase items for sale in the ads. In at least two of the cases, the suspect used a telecommunications device for the deaf when calling about ads in an attempt to get information about the person being called, police spokeswoman Kate Porras said. At least one local resident has lost money in the scam.

Suspect sought in Carbondale sex assault

• Carbondale police on Thursday were investigating a reported sexual assault involving a woman who was leaving a downtown Carbondale establishment early Saturday. The woman described the suspect as a clean-shaven Hispanic male in his mid-20s, 5 feet 8 inches or 9 inches tall, and weighing 180 to 200 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call Carbondale police at 970-963-2662.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

• A man in the 3100 block of F Road reported Wednesday that someone was harassing him by using “low-frequency sound waves produced by radios.” The man also said teenagers, speaking in foreign languages, were calling him “once in a while” and harassing him as well.

•  A woman in 400 block of Gentle Winds Court in Clifton reported Wednesday that someone had placed unspecified food items on top of a car. No damage was reported.


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