Man robs surveillance supply store, caught by surveillance system

Joseph Trujillo-Sanchez

A Grand Junction man accused of stealing surveillance cameras from a surveillance-camera store early this year was arrested after being caught on the shop’s own surveillance system.

Joseph Michael Trujillo-Sanchez, 32, was initially charged with a single count of misdemeanor theft after the March 18 incident at Tri-Ed Distribution, 213 S. 15th St., which sells wholesale surveillance cameras and security systems.

Grand Junction Police Officer Cal Atkinson wrote in Trujillo-Sanchez’s arrest affidavit that a store manager reported that a man had shoplifted two full-color security cameras worth $26 each from the store. Before walking out with the equipment, the man was in the store for about 30 minutes and acting “very suspicious,” the report said.

“(The manager) stated the male was picking items up, walking around the store nervously and asking several questions about prices,” Atkinson wrote. “What made the male seem even more suspicious is the store front is very small as they normally don’t sell to the public, mainly contract work.”

The manager looked at the store’s own security footage after the man left and realized he took the two cameras, put them down his pants and walked out the door. He later identified Trujillo-Sanchez by tracking him down through Facebook. Atkinson reviewed the Facebook photos and the surveillance video before linking Trujillo-Sanchez to the crime through the license plates of the SUV he had driven to the store, the report said.

“The irony of this investigation is the suspect stole surveillance cameras from a surveillance camera store that has an excellent surveillance system installed in the showroom,” Atkinson wrote.

The manager told police that store staff suspect the same man of stealing merchandise in the past, the report said.

Trujillo-Sanchez has been in custody since Nov. 18 on contempt of court charges — he is also a suspect in a separate case — and is due to return before Mesa County Judge Bruce Raaum Jan. 6, according to court records.


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