Blotter, Dec. 8, 2011

Paving fraud alert issued

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department is warning county residents of ongoing fraud in which homeowners are being contacted about having their driveways paved.

A man knocks on a homeowner’s door, claiming to have extra asphalt from another job recently completed in the area. The homeowners are offered the “leftover” materials, but the paving job, if it’s done at all, is subpar and done with shoddy materials, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

Because homeowners often pay in advance or agree to a verbal contract with the fraudulent contractor, the matter becomes civil rather than criminal. To report this suspected fraud, call the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department at 244-3500.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

Items valued at less than $1,000 were reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 300 block of Thyme Street on Sunday evening.

Isaac Loy, 19, was issued a summons Monday night on suspicion of marijuana possession.

More than $1,000 of damage was done to property in the 1300 block of North 21st Street on Monday night.

Nicholas Cassell, 18, was issued a summons Tuesday night on suspicion of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

Damage estimated at $1,500 was done to the floodlights at a subdivision in the 600 block of Shadowbrook Drive on Friday night.

A theft was reported in the 500 block of 32 Road on Sunday evening.

Someone stole a gas can from a garage in the 500 block of Kirby Court on Monday night.


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