Blotter, May 23, 2017

Police: Man poses as own brother to dodge charges

A Billings, Montana, man was arrested on a warrant Friday by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office on suspicion of posing as his brother a dozen years ago to get out of his own charges of auto theft and a drunken-driving crash.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Glenn Souza, 57, posed as his brother, George Souza, 58, in nine court documents which allowed Glenn Souza to abandon probation and fees in a 2005 Mesa County case.

The issue came to light when George Souza was completing an application to work on a military base in Georgia in September 2016 and was arrested on warrants for his brother’s crimes. George Souza told Mesa County authorities about the switch and authorities compared photos of the men to build the case against Glenn Souza, the affidavit said. George Souza told authorities his brother used his identity in other states, the affidavit said. Glenn Souza was arrested on suspicion of nine charges each of forgery, identity theft and attempt to influence a public official.


According to the Fruita Police Department:

■ A juvenile received a summons on suspicion of careless driving in the 1100 block of Wildcat Avenue on May 8.

■ Officers responded to a report of a juvenile runaway in the 200 block of Bonnie Vista Drive on May 11. A possible child abuse report was taken after locating the juvenile.

■ Jaiden L. Brandon, 18, received a summons on suspicion of criminal mischief and possession/consumption of alcohol by an underage person on May 12. Brandon was contacted after allegedly being observed spray-painting items at Fruita Monument High School.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ William Ramirez, 32, was contacted in the 600 block of Main Street and arrested on suspicion of threatening a person with a knife, verbally harassing another man and making offensive statements in public on May 13.

■ A person unknown to law enforcement extorted less than $20,000 from a person living in the 2600 block of Dahlia Court on Thursday.

■ A vehicle valued at less than $20,000 was stolen from a business in the 2500 block of U.S. Highway 6&50 on Friday.

■ A person unknown to police stole items valued between $750 and $2,000 from a vehicle in the 1800 block of North 26th Street on Friday.

■ James Greer, 28, was arrested on suspicion of third-degree criminal trespass at a business in the 700 block of Horizon Drive on Saturday.

■ Christopher Labor, 29, received a summons on suspicion of possessing an illegal weapon and stealing property valued at less than $50 from Walmart, 2881 North Ave., on Saturday.

■ Someone entered an attached garage at a home in the 2400 block of Josephine Lane and stole medication on Friday.


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