Extinguisher discharged through return slot at library

A 34-year-old Grand Junction man was arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of discharging a fire extinguisher through the return slot of the Mesa County Public Library District’s main branch.

Video surveillance recorded a man, whom Grand Junction police believe was Roger Stover, with a large dog and a fire extinguisher at the library’s exterior book-return slot at 10:44 p.m. Tuesday, according to Stover’s arrest affidavit.

The library’s interior camera then caught footage of a “dust cloud billow throughout” the main lobby area near the slot, the affidavit said.

The exterior footage then showed that the man walked around to the back alley of the library, out of the camera’s view.

The vandalism was reported at 7:38 a.m. Wednesday, after employees found the front checkout desk, back office, lobby area and much of the upper floor of the library covered in a fine, yellow-colored dust consistent with the discharge from a fire extinguisher, the affidavit said.

Cost to clean the mess was at least $5,000, police said.

About 1:32 p.m. Wednesday, a man wearing the same clothing and walking the same dog as the man in the surveillance video was spotted in the east alley behind the library, Stover’s affidavit said.

Stover was arrested at nearby 629 Ouray Ave. on suspicion of criminal mischief causing damage between $1,000 and $20,000 after he was identified by a library employee, the affidavit said.


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