Blotter, July 20, 2017

Arrest in big gun heist

An 18-year-old Grand Junction man is accused of using a torch to break into a safe and steal nearly $17,000 worth of weapons and ammunition in February, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

Steven Taylor Cook appeared in Mesa County Court on Wednesday on suspicion of theft from an at-risk adult, second-degree burglary, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, criminal mischief and conspiracy.

According to an arrest affidavit, Cook and 18-year-old MaCade Gary Bronson visited a juvenile who lived at a residence in the area of 12 Road in Loma in order to check for ways to break into an outbuilding and steal guns that were stored there.

Cook and Bronson later returned to the residence with the juvenile to break into the outbuilding and used a torch to break into the safe, according to the affidavit.

Cook and Bronson also allegedly stole chemicals from Fruita Monument High School to use with the torch.

Mesa County Court Judge Craig Henderson on Wednesday ordered Cook held on a $5,000 cash-only bond.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Someone stole a debit card from the 2800 block of North Avenue and used it without authorization on July 6, causing the victim a loss more than $50.

■ Someone entered a vehicle and stole property worth more than $2,000 from the 1900 block of Ouray Avenue on July 9.

■ David Dennis, 53, is accused of DUI on Sunday.

■ Someone entered a dwelling in the 700 block of 25 1/2 Road on June 11 and stole items valued at less than $6,000.

■ Someone stole a vehicle valued at more than $1,000 in the 3200 block of Lakeside Drive on Monday.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Sandra Clark, 55, is accused of DUI on Sunday.

■ Joseph Kelly, 32, is accused of drug possession on Tuesday.

■ Jason Vigil is accused of theft and first-degree criminal trespass of an automobile on Tuesday.


According to the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Abel Nunez, 41, Montrose, is accused of domestic violence, harassment and violating parole conditions on Tuesday.

■ Salvadore P. Ocampo, 23, Gunnison, is accused of domestic violence and obstruction of telephone service on Tuesday,


According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Gloria Gonzalez, 26, Glenwood Springs, is accused of domestic violence and harassment on Monday.

■ Thomas Kyner, 41, Parachute, is accused of violating a restraining order on Tuesday.

■ Trevor Rogalski, 39, Rifle, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant out of Grand Junction for distribution of drugs.


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