Blotter, May 15, 2017

Coin dealer gets community service, 3 years probation

A Grand Junction coin dealer who was accused last year of fencing stolen goods valued at nearly $15,000, including weapons, has pleaded guilty to a single pawnbroker violation, although local prosecutors said they handed a gun-related investigation over to federal authorities.

Irby Dusty Felix — whose name is listed in some court documents as Irvy Dusty Felix — was originally charged with nine felonies and 22 misdemeanors after his May 2016 arrest in connection with allegations that he bought and sold property that had been stolen by now-convicted burglars Toby Quick and Jeremiah Slaughenhoupt.

Felix, the owner of North Avenue Coins and Antiques on the Avenue, pleaded guilty to a single count of failing to identify the seller of valuable articles, a low-level felony, according to court records.

Mesa County District Attorney Dan Rubinstein wrote in an email that his office eventually decided to only prosecute Felix in connection with the pawnbroker violations, which eventually resulted in Felix’s plea to the single felony count.

“After consultation with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, we referred the gun violations to the (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) to complete the investigation for prosecution in federal court related to the guns,” Rubinstein wrote.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Colorado couldn’t immediately verify whether a federal investigation was ongoing.

Felix was sentenced to three years of probation and 24 hours of community service in connection with his state plea, court records said.

Crackers robbery alleged

 

A Montrose man and woman were each arrested Wednesday on suspicion of using a fake weapon to steal Goldfish crackers from two homeless people near City Market, 128 Townsend Ave. in Montrose.

Shannon J. Brown, 54, and Ruth Ulibarri, 60, allegedly approached two homeless people behind the store, according to Montrose Police Cmdr. Gene Lillard. The victims reported that Brown pointed something at them while demanding money.

“In reality, he had a wooden cane that was hidden under his coat,” Lillard said. “But the victims thought that it was a sawed-off shotgun.”

The two victims said they had no money, only Goldfish crackers.

“He said, ‘I’ll take them,’ ” Lillard said, referencing a police report.

Brown could be charged with felony menacing, robbery and theft. Ulibarri faces complicity charges for each charge, Lillard said.

 

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Deputies took a report of utility service theft in the 3300 block of Highland Drive on May 4.

■ Vandals broke garden pots and turned over patio furniture in the 100 block of Night Hawk Drive on May 2.

■  Property was stolen from a vehicle in the 400 block of Grand Valley Drive on Wednesday.

■ Deputies took a harassment report in the 400 block of Forelle Street on Tuesday.

 

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Officers are investigating an assault with a deadly weapon in the 800 block of Santa Clara Avenue on May 6.


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