Feds seize third truck in probe of airport

Federal officials have seized a third pickup truck in the investigation that came to light with an FBI raid last year at the Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority offices.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver confirmed the seizure, but said no other information was available.

The FBI in January seized pickups owned by two former airport officials who purchased them used from a dealer after they had been traded in by the Airport Authority.

No arrests have been made and the two men, Rex Tippetts, the former director of aviation, and Denny Granum, a former authority board member, have denied any wrongdoing and said they would contest the seizures.

No additional information about those trucks has been made public.

The airport recently sold three 2014 GMC Sierra diesel pickups, all of them equipped with the Denali package, including leather interiors, purchased before the November raid that led to Tippetts’ suspension and then firing.

Airport employees rarely used the pickups because they feared damaging the interiors, officials said when asking the board to approve their sale. Short trips of a mile or less also wore heavily on the diesel vehicles.

The authority sold the trucks to Fuoco Motors, from which they were purchased, for $147,000 after buying them for $151,520 last year.


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