Clifton man suspected of storage unit burglary

A Clifton man faces multiple felony charges on suspicion of breaking into six storage units in Clifton on Saturday morning and stealing a large snow blower, among other items, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

Donald Joseph Warner, 40, 516 31 1/2 Road, No. 107, was arrested and booked into Mesa County Jail on suspicion of seven counts of burglary, four counts of trespassing and seven counts of criminal mischief, all felonies.

Warner was wanted on a warrant for failing to appear in court on another, unrelated case. 

A maintenance worker for Clifton Mini Storage, 3159 Perkins Drive, told deputies he had seen a man wearing a black West Coast Choppers T-shirt inside one of the units and identified the person as Warner, giving deputies the suspect’s address. 

After seeing the man attempt to conceal his identity by pulling his T-shirt over his head and then running away, the worker walked around the facility to inspect the damage.

The worker noticed that a dozen latches on units had been damaged, according to an arrest affidavit.

A renter of one storage unit reported that he was missing snowshoes, knives, music CDs, camping equipment, a dolly, some tools and fishing poles. 

When deputies arrived at the suspect’s home, a woman identified as Warner’s girlfriend told police Warner arrived and said he needed to hide because cops were chasing him.

A shirt matching the suspect’s description was found in the home’s washing machine, a large snowblower was found in the home’s front yard and Warner was taken into custody after being found underneath a bed in the home, the affidavit said.


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