Blotter, March 4, 2013

Magazine seller jailed

A Mississippi woman was arrested Sunday on allegations she stole a purse from a 74-year-old woman after being allowed inside the victim’s home, according to an arrest affidavit.

Britney Hooper, 24, was arrested on suspicion of theft from an at-risk adult after Mesa County sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in the 500 block of West Conestoga Circle. The victim told police Hooper came to her door and asked for donations related to a college. Hooper also asked for permission to use the restroom and was allowed inside, the affidavit said.

When the woman was briefly distracted, Hooper grabbed the purse with about $180 in cash from a desk and ran away, the affidavit alleges. Deputies caught up with Hooper and arrested her several blocks away.

The affidavit claims Hooper is homeless and is “traveling the country with a traveling magazine sales company.”

District Attorney Pete Hautzinger told a judge Monday during a bond hearing that Hooper is being investigated as the suspect in an identical incident locally.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Chad Boyd, 50, was cited Saturday on suspicion of trespassing at City Market, 200 Rood Ave.. He was accused of refusing to leave the men’s restroom.

■ Property valued at less than $750 was stolen Saturday from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 1100 block of North 11th Street.

■ Shannon Hedges, 19, was cited Saturday on suspicion of underage possession of alcohol at 630 Hill Ave.

■ Shawna Cross, 33, was cited Saturday on suspicion of keeping a disorderly house at 381 Summer Glen Road.

■ Tara Haynes, 28, was cited Thursday on suspicion of third-degree assault.

■ Davis Kramer, 19, was cited Saturday on suspicion of underage possession of alcohol and marijuana at Texas Avenue and 12th Street.

■ A 14-year-old boy was cited Saturday on suspicion of being a minor in possession of marijuana at 2365 N. Seventh St.

■ Cody Baxter, 20, was cited Saturday on suspicion of underage possession of marijuana at 11th Street and North Avenue.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

■ Twyla Ferree, 30, was arrested Friday on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia after deputies responded to a trespassing call at 3273 Lorene Dr.

■ Tomas Beauford, 24, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of second-degree assault, third-degree assault and unlawful sexual contact after deputies were called to the Regional Center, 2800 Riverside Parkway. 


According to the Fruita Police Department:

■ About $500 in tools were reported stolen Feb. 23 from a truck parked at 325 S. Apple St.

■ Glen Wilkins, 42, was cited Feb. 22 on suspicion of harassment at 805 E. Ottley Ave.

■ Officers were called Feb. 22 to a report of a 2-year-old child who was found in the 1800 block of Catalina Avenue.

■ Someone punctured tires on a vehicle, causing $300 in damage, at Fruita Monument High School, 1102 Wildcat Ave., on Feb. 20.

■ A burglary was reported Feb. 20 at 105 Sunset Drive. Unknown suspects broke into the home and caused approximately $2,000 damage.

■ Breidan Phipps, 18, was arrested Feb. 19 on suspicion of theft and burglary at 228 Pinyon Dr.

■ About $800 in vandalism of two trees was reported at Little Salt Wash Park. There were no suspects.

■ A bike rack was reported stolen Feb. 18 at 150 S. Park Square. It was valued at $500.


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