DA: More charges due in pharmacy robberies

District Attorney Pete Hautzinger told a judge Wednesday that a man suspected in the armed robberies of two local pharmacies will face charges in a third local incident.

Joel David Crawford, 54, of Grand Junction, also will be charged in a fourth incident that occurred in another jurisdiction, Hautzinger told County Court Judge Bruce Raaum.

The DA declined to elaborate after Crawford’s bond hearing Wednesday, citing Crawford’s sealed arrest warrant affidavit.

Crawford was ordered held at the Mesa County Jail on $200,000 bond on suspicion of robbery of a controlled substance.

The Grand Junction Police Department on Wednesday declined to release Crawford’s booking photo, citing the ongoing investigation.

In announcing Crawford’s arrest Tuesday, police said investigators believe he committed the Jan. 28 armed robbery of prescription drugs at Walgreens, 572 32 Road, as well as the March 31 armed robbery involving drugs at Rite Aid, 2992 F Road.

Laura Koenig, a public defender who spoke on Crawford’s behalf Wednesday, said Crawford is married with a teenage child, and the family has lived in Grand Junction the past six-plus years. Until his arrest Tuesday, Crawford had been steadily employed as a dispatcher with Halliburton, Koenig said.

Hautzinger said Crawford has minimal criminal history.

Crawford is expected to be formally charged Aug. 18.


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