Blotter, May 29, 2017

Theft suspect arrested

A 34-year-old Texas man suspected of stealing equipment from a Grand Junction construction site in December was arrested Thursday after being stopped with a small baggie of methamphetamine, arresting documents said.

Grand Junction police officers requested a warrant for Earnest L. Mills, of Plainview, Texas, on May 20 after finding that Mills allegedly pawned what they suspected was a stolen piece of equipment to High Desert Trading Post, 3112 U.S. Highway 6&50, according to an arrest affidavit.

A power distribution unit, called a “spider box,” was reported stolen along with a band saw from a construction project in the 400 block of Monument Road on Dec. 19.

The unit Mills sold to the pawn shop matched the description of the stolen spider box, except a plate that showed the serial number on the stolen box appeared to have been removed, the report said.

Mills was arrested five days after the warrant was requested, while walking down the middle of the street on Ouray Avenue near 24th Street, a report said. A police officer who stopped him noticed he looked “very nervous, sweating and looking around with his eyes.” The officer searched Mills and found brass knuckles, a syringe, 20 or more empty baggies, a digital scale and a small baggie of suspected methamphetamine, the report said.

He remains in custody on two $2,000 cash-only bonds.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Deputies took a theft report in the 3600 block of F Road on May 18.

■ An abandoned vehicle was towed from the intersection of 29 and D Road for traffic safety concerns on Wednesday.


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