Blotter: May 03, 2009

Batman barks fire warning

• Batman to the rescue.
A small dog named for the hero of comic books, television and big screen alerted its owners to a fire in the bathroom of their second-floor apartment at 2905 Dawn Drive, No. 2, around 10 a.m. Saturday.
According to the Grand Junction Fire Department, the smoke detectors in the apartment were not working, and when Batman started barking and acting out of the ordinary, the family discovered the fire, evacuated and called 911.
No one was injured.
The fire was extinguished quickly and did not spread outside the bathroom. Fire officials say the fire was started after someone lit a candle and discarded smoldering material into a trash can.
Damage was estimated at $3,000. The American Red Cross was called to assist the residents.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

• A vandal caused $2,000 in damage to property April 24 in the 2400 block of Thunder Mountain Way.

• Property valued at more than $1,000 was stolen from a business in the 2300 block of Leland Avenue on Monday.

• An unknown male threatened another man with a deadly weapon Thursday in the 2800 block of Orchard Avenue.

• Property valued at more than $1,000 was stolen from the 2800 block of North Avenue on Friday.

• A vehicle was broken into in the 2800 block of North Avenue on Friday and property valued at $500 was stolen.

• A thief stole more than $1,000 in the 2400 block of Patterson Road on Friday.

• A locked file cabinet was broken into Friday and $500 was stolen from a business in the 2700 block of Compass Drive.

• Joe Norris, 22, was arrested near Patterson Road and Eighth Court on Friday on suspicion of causing less than $1,000 in damage to property and obstructing an officer.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

• Extra patrol was requested in the 3100 block of Covey on Friday because of theft from vehicles.

•  A license plate was stolen Friday from the 500 block of Fruitvale Court.

• A 1987 Chevrolet truck was stolen from a parking lot in the 3200 block of E Road sometime Wednesday through Friday.

•  Property valued at $7,900 was stolen from unlocked vehicles in the 3200 block of F 1/2 Road on Friday.

•  Extra patrol was requested in the 100 block of Little Park Road on Friday after a resident reported a suspicious person.


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