Blotter, Dec. 17, 2009

Cops seek jewel thief

Crime Stoppers of Mesa County is looking for information about a burglary at J.C. Penney that resulted in the theft of thousands of dollars in jewelry.

Grand Junction police say someone broke into the department store at Mesa Mall early on the morning of Nov. 11 and stole more than $90,000 in jewelry.

Anyone with information can reach Crime Stoppers anonymously at 970-241-7867 and receive up to $1,000 in cash for information leading to an arrest.

Numerous violations

alleged in chase, crash

An allegedly intoxicated Grand Junction man was arrested Tuesday after he led police on a pursuit that began with a hit-and-run accident, lasted for several miles and ended with him crashing his truck in the desert north of Grand Junction, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department said.

Steven Brent Maurer, 49, 633 Fletcher Lane, could face a host of charges, including vehicular eluding, hit-and-run, leaving the scene of an accident, failing to report an accident, driving under the influence of alcohol, obstructing a peace officer, careless driving and other traffic offenses, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Deputies attempted to stop Maurer in the area of 23 Road and U.S. Highway 6&50 after receiving a report of a hit-and-run and trespass at Studebaker Auto. But Maurer sped off in his truck and eluded deputies until he crashed into a ravine near 21 and R 2/10 Road and ran off, according to an arrest affidavit.

Deputies followed a set of footprints and found Maurer lying face up in the snow in the ravine.

Deputies said Maurer’s license had been revoked for three DUI convictions, and he was wanted for violating his parole.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

Franklin Miller, 21, address unavailable, was issued a summons Tuesday on suspicion of theft after he allegedly stole items valued at less than $1,000 from a business at Mesa Mall.

Police received a report Tuesday that someone defrauded a resident in the 700 block of Wedge Drive over the Internet, causing a loss of more than $1,000.

Someone stole more than $1,000 in property from a vehicle in the 400 block of 28 1/4 Road on Tuesday.

Someone stole less than $1,000 in medication from a home in the 1100 block of Lowell Court on Tuesday.

Police received a report Tuesday that someone stole a wallet from a home in the 700 block of Maldonado Street and charged less than $500 to credit cards that were in the wallet.

Someone caused more than $1,000 in damage to property in the 1100 block of Mesa Avenue on Tuesday.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

Someone cut a lock on a rental storage unit in the 500 block of 32 1/2 Road on Tuesday and stole $350 worth of tools, including a chainsaw.

Someone broke a windshield and driver’s side window on a vehicle in the 3000 block of Gunnison Drive on Tuesday.


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