Blotter, Aug. 11, 2010

$100K fraud investigated

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department opened an investigation Tuesday after receiving a report of possible fraud with a loss of $100,000. The report was made Monday afternoon by someone at 261 County Road 119. Sheriff’s Department spokesman Phil Strouse declined to answer questions about the case.

Family assault alleged

Mark J. Vandehei, 54, 2890 Jean Lane, was arrested Monday on suspicion of burglary and third-degree assault after he was accused of forcing his way into his nephew’s home and punching him several times Sunday. Vandehei said he was upset with his nephew for suspected drug use, according to an arrest affidavit.

Car ditched on tracks

Mesa County Sheriff’s Department deputies were called early Tuesday on a report about a red Chevrolet Lumina being abandoned, parked on a railroad crossing at 32 1/2 Road and Front Street in Clifton.

Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Lisa McCammon said the vehicle had been reported stolen by its owner. The vehicle was towed from the scene. McCammon said it wasn’t clear when the car was reported stolen. The incident remains under investigation.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

• A thief broke into a storage unit in the 2300 block of Redlands Parkway and stole tools and other property valued at more than $1,000. The report was made Sunday.

• Someone broke into a business in the 3100 block of Pipe Court and caused more than $1,000 in damage. A report was filed Monday.

• Caitlin Breed, 26, address unavailable, was issued a summons on suspicion of consuming alcohol and food at a business in the 200 block of Grand Avenue, then refusing to pay the bill.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

• Travis K. Stout, 1137 19 Road, was arrested Monday during a traffic stop on suspicion of a sex-offender-registration violation, as well as several traffic infractions. An arrest affidavit said Stout acknowledged he had been living at a residence in Fruita. He had been registered with law enforcement as residing at a home in Mack.

• A woman in the 600 block of Highline Drive in Clifton reported Monday that two bicycles were stolen in two recent, separate incidents. There was no suspect information.

• A man in the 3200 block of C 1/2 Road reported Monday that a side window on his vehicle had been smashed, causing $500 in damage.


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