Blotter, Nov. 15, 2012
Scammer his restaurant
The Grand Junction Police Department is warning residents to be aware of a scam that swindled a local restaurant of more than $1,000.
According to police, a local restaurant owner took a phone call from a person pretending to be an official with a local power company. The scammer requested payment for a power bill, stating if it was not paid immediately the power would be shut off within an hour. The scammer then instructed the business owner to pay the bill with a pre-paid debit card, which the owner did.
The Police Department is advising residents or businesses that receive similar phone calls to hang up and call their power company to determine whether any bills are past due.
Anyone who is a victim of fraud can report it by picking up a fraud packet at the Grand Junction Police Department, 555 Ute Ave.
According to the Grand Junction Police Department:
■ Items valued at less than $500 were taken from the bed of a truck parked at 2424 U.S. Highway 6&50 on Sunday.
■ Three juveniles, two 14-year-olds and a 15-year-old, were found in possession of marijuana and tobacco in the 400 block of Glenwood Avenue on Monday.
■ Property valued at less than $20,000 was stolen from a vehicle parked in the 400 block of Chatfield Lane on Sunday.
■ Property valued at less than $20,000 was stolen from a home in the 1000 block of Orchard Avenue on Sunday.
■ Damages of less than $1,000 and property valued at less than $1,000 was stolen from a vehicle parked in the 2400 block of Patterson Road on Tuesday.
■ Dillon Weaver, 19, received a summons on suspicion of stealing items valued at less than $200 from Walmart, 2881 North Ave., on Wednesday.
■ Mirriah Brehm, 19, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of three counts of possession of a controlled substance, theft of less than $500 and theft of between $500 to $15,000.
■ Amy Rae Mascarenas, 27, 533 Centennial Road, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of first-degree criminal trespassing, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft by receiving an item valued between $1,000 and $20,000.
■ Shai Alexander Nielson, 18, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of first-degree criminal trespassing, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft by receiving an item valued between $1,000 and $20,000.
■ Candice Eileen Valencia, 18, 2915 Orchard Ave. No. G31, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of criminal possession of a forged instrument and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:
■ Someone burglarized a church in the 200 block of West Fifth Street in Palisade on Sept. 22. Several doors and a safe were destroyed but nothing of value was stolen.
■ A purse was stolen from inside a vehicle parked in the 2800 block of Victoria Drive on Oct. 23.
■ Someone destroyed a mailbox in the 2900 block of B 1/2 Road on Oct. 23.