Blotter: September 18, 2008

Kidnapping probe goes on

• The Grand Junction Police Department is still investigating the attempted kidnapping of an 11-year-old girl on Tuesday who was walking just south of Orchard Avenue on 13th Street.
Investigators are now looking for a new model black Suburban with fancy rims and a fancy stereo system as well as a red four-door pickup, possibly with a license plate with the number six in it. The two vehicles may have been seen together in the Lincoln Park area on Monday, according to the police department.
The three suspects in the crime were described as white males and are either high school or college age, according to a news release.
Officers are following leads and searching parking lots at local schools and on the Mesa State College campus.
The police department asks that anyone with information about this incident call 242-6707.

Crash victim identified

• Joshua Burris, 19, of Grand Junction, has been identified as the motorcyclist who was killed after his bike hit the side of a vehicle Tuesday afternoon on 28 1/2 Road near Elm Avenue.
Burris died of multiple injuries and his manner of death is considered an accident, according to the Mesa County Coroner’s Office.
Just after 2 p.m., the motorcyclist was heading south on 28 1/2 Road when his bike struck a Jeep Cherokee attempting to make a left turn from the Villa San Marcos apartment complex, 517 28 1/2 Road.
The driver of the Jeep, Brenda Malone, 56, was not injured in the crash.

Fugitive facing life term

• A court hearing scheduled for Wednesday could have imposed a virtual life sentence on Shane Johnson, 40, but authorities remain clueless as to Johnson’s whereabouts.
Johnson slipped out of the Mesa County Jail around midnight on Sept. 9.
Johnson had been found guilty by a jury on 22 counts, mostly of burglarizing homes and stealing cars, and he is still set for a second trial in November. Habitual criminal charges planned to be lodged against him Wednesday would have likely put him behind bars forever.
Authorities will have to wait until Johnson is taken back into custody to continue with his sentencing.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

•  A Chevy pickup worth $1,000 was stolen from the 700 block of Bunker Drive.

• Property worth $500 was damaged at an address in the 500 block of north Seventh Street.

•  Someone broke into a residence in the 2500 block of Grand Avenue and stole property worth $100 from an at-risk adult.

•  A gold mountain bike worth less than $1,000 was stolen out of a garage in the Ridges.

•  Someone lost more than $1,000 to identity theft after their credit card was used to make unauthorized purchases and to open other accounts.

•  A juvenile was found damaging freshly poured cement in the 700 block of north Teller Avenue. When approached, he bit a person. He was taken into custody and also was found to have drug paraphernalia in his possession.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

•  Robert Lee Abeyta, 29, of Delta, was found to have three active arrest warrants with a total bond of $76,500 and was booked into the Mesa County Jail.

•  More than $1,000 in cigarettes were stolen from the Bookcliff Gas Station, 2896 North Ave., on Tuesday. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 241-7867 or 800-221-7867.


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