Blotter: March 26, 2009

Converter thief sought

• The Grand Junction Police Department is asking for help in solving a rash of thefts this past week of catalytic converters from vehicles parked at businesses in the city.
Anyone who has seen people crawling under vehicles or has other information about these crimes is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Calls are anonymous.

Man suspected of drugs

Joseph Ryan Merrill, 28, 667 33 Road, was arrested Tuesday at the City Market, 2830 North Ave., • on suspicion of two counts of possession of a controlled substance, robbery, theft, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Merrill was accused of trying to steal a four-pack of New York strip steaks from City Market, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.
During questioning after the alleged theft, officers found methamphetamine in Merrill’s possession, according to his arrest affidavit.

Man accused of Net crime

• Calvin Scott Lyons, 53, was arrested Wednesday at his home in Hudson on suspicion of Internet sexual exploitation of a child and promotion of obscenity to a minor on a warrant issued by the Eagle County Combined Courts, according to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Department.
According to a release from the Sheriff’s Department, Lyons is suspected of contacting a 14-year-old girl from Eagle County in an Internet chat room in August. The pair had ongoing sexually explicit conversations, which led to sexually explicit acts by Lyons on a Webcam, the Sheriff’s Department alleges.
Lyons is also accused of mailing items of a sexual nature to the same girl.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

•  Tonya Joe Quiroz-Silva, 32, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, contempt of court and possession of drug paraphernalia.

•  Someone stole a vehicle valued at more than $20,000 Tuesday from the 700 block of Horizon Drive.

•  Someone stole more than $1,000 in items Tuesday from a vehicle parked in the 2900 block of North Avenue.

•  Someone caused more than $1,000 in damage Tuesday to a vehicle parked in the 600 block of Longs Peak Drive.

•  Officers were dispatched to the Albertsons, 2512 Broadway, Tuesday on a report of three fake money orders.

•  Someone failed to deliver more than $1,000 in merchandise to the 600 block of North Placer Court on Monday.

•  Someone broke into 400 N. 14th St. on Friday, causing more than $1,000 in damage and stealing property valued at less than $100.
According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

•  People lit a ditch on fire Tuesday, scorching some grass and salt cedars on property off U.S. Highway 50 in Whitewater. No damage was reported, but a report was taken.


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