Camera hidden in toilet at boat launch

Grand Junction police hope this image will help them find out who hid a camera in a portable toilet at the Blue Heron boat ramp. The person wearing the shirt shown in the photograph may be able to provide information that would help them solve the case.

Potentially scores of people who used a portable toilet along the popular Riverfront Trail may have been unknowing victims of a crime, as police said Thursday that a hidden camera was discovered in the port-a-potty at the Junior Service League Park, 2383 Redlands Parkway.

The portable toilet is near the Blue Heron boat ramp, and police are specifically asking anyone who used the toilet between Aug. 5, 2013, and Oct. 11, 2013 — a wide swath of time during one of the busiest periods of the year for the nearby recreational trail — to contact Grand Junction Police at 970-549-5231.

Police provided a blurry image of a shirt worn by a possible witness in the case, and the hope is someone recognizes the shirt and calls police to assist in the investigation.

GJPD spokeswoman Kate Porras said the image was one of many found on the camera. She declined to say exactly how the camera came to be discovered, but did say that the recording device was found “inside” of the portable toilet.

Police said they do not believe any other facilities were involved.

The current case, though, is reminiscent of one that occurred in 2011 in Boulder. Then, former Grand Junction resident Luke Chrisco was arrested after allegedly spying on women from inside the tank of a portable toilet during a yoga festival.

Chrisco was sentenced to three years in prison in that case, according to reports.


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