Blotter: Sept. 24, 2009

Rig thefts spike in GarCo

Twenty-two solar panels have been stolen from well pads in Garfield County over the span of roughly two weeks, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department. The thefts, which happened at four well pads just off U.S. Highway 6 outside Parachute, were reported on Sept. 6 and Sept. 22. Authorities are asking that anyone who sees suspicious activities in rural areas around Rifle and Parachute off the highway to call 970-945-0101.

Granite theft tops $70K

The Grand Junction Police Department on Wednesday said more than $70,000 in granite slabs and other merchandise were stolen in a burglary at Classic Surfaces, 2892 North Ave.

The burglary is believed to have occurred sometime between the morning of Sept. 6 and Sept. 7. Anyone with information is asked to call Mesa County Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP.

Truck inspections planned

The Colorado State Patrol and Vail Police Department will team up Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 on Interstate 70 to perform inspections on commercial vehicles required to have chains on tires. Drivers of commercial vehicles must carry chains for their vehicles from Sept. 1 through May 31 on I-70 from milepost 133 to milepost 259.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

• A man reported Friday that someone stole a debit card out of a locker at Mesa State College and charged a purchase of less than $500 to the card.

• Someone used a counterfeit check to purchase items at a local business on Friday.

• Someone broke into a home Tuesday at 2897 North Avenue and stole property worth less than $500.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

• Jessica Richter, 32, 2982 Emerald Circle, was arrested on two outstanding warrants Tuesday after she was contacted by deputies when a crossing guard at a local school alleged Richter drove up to a school crossing zone too fast and started honking her car horn as the crossing guard was taking children across 30 Road to school. Richter was wanted on a pair of warrants alleging failure to appear in two misdemeanor cases.


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