Blotter, Nov. 30, 2012

Suspect in credit card fraud.

Credit fraud investigated

Crime Stoppers of Mesa County is seeking information about a man suspected of stealing a credit card and making multiple unlawful transactions with the card between Oct. 26 and 29.

The man charged in excess of $3,400 on the card, according to Crime Stoppers. Anyone with information about the location or identity of the suspect can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 241-7867. Information that leads to an arrest can earn a tipster up to $1,000. Visit for more information.

Bombast at Burger King


Michael James Wells, 60, 454 Elderberry Drive in Fruita, was arrested Wednesday at the Fruita Burger King on suspicion of third-degree assault, felony menacing and making repeated insults, taunts or challenges to provoke a response, according to the Fruita Police Department.

Wells allegedly pointed a serrated kitchen knife at a shift manager at the Burger King at 289 W. Aspen Ave. after the manager informed Wells he was fired from the restaurant, according to an arrest affidavit. Wells told police he was holding the knife to remove bread from a toaster and pointed the knife like a finger without intending to scare anyone, according to the affidavit, but the shift manager said the gesture frightened her.

Wells left the restaurant but returned and “followed all the employees around,” according to the affidavit.

He was arrested and booked into the Mesa County Jail after Wells allegedly tried to punch an off-duty Burger King employee at the restaurant.

Liquor stores crackdown


Seven local businesses have volunteered to participate in “Cops in Shops,” a program that puts Grand Junction Police Department and State Liquor Enforcement officers in liquor stores to help store employees check IDs.

Officers will help employees at College Liquors, Country Club Liquors, Loco Food Store at First Street and Grand Avenue, North Avenue Liquors, Old Chicago, Pete’s House of Spirits and Rockslide Restaurant and Brewery identify fake IDs during scheduled times. If an employee is not sure if an ID is valid, an officer can run information through a database to determine if it is invalid and, if so, confiscate the fake ID and take enforcement action against the ID holder.

Any business that wants to participate in “Cops in Shops” can call 248-7133.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:


■ Tyler Hutson, 18, was issued a summons Wednesday at 1159 Mesa Ave., No. 328, on suspicion of being a minor in possession of marijuana.

■ A juvenile male was issued a summons Tuesday at 1400 N. Fifth St. on suspicion of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

■ Someone stole less than $500 worth of items Tuesday from a vehicle parked in the 1300 block of North 24th Street.

■ Someone stole less than $500 worth of property Sunday from a vehicle parked in the 3200 block of Lakeside Drive.

■ Someone stole more than $1,000 worth of items Saturday from two vehicles parked in the 400 block of Chatfield Lane


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