Former Junction mayor accused of shoplifting maps, candy at Cabela’s
A former two-time Grand Junction mayor and city councilor told police he acted “stupid” when he shoplifted candy bars and maps from a Mesa Mall sporting goods store, according to a Grand Junction Police Department summons.
Reford Theobold, 61, was ticketed at about noon on Friday on suspicion of theft by shoplifting after an employee of Cabela’s, 2424 U.S. Highway 6&50, observed Theobold take several “Big Hunk” candy bars, hide them in a file folder and walk past registers without paying, an officer wrote in the summons.
The police officer noted Theobold was a vendor for Cabela’s.
Theobold also had two maps which weren’t paid for, the summons said.
The officer said Theobold repeatedly apologized, told officers he was embarrassed and that he’d acted “stupid.”
Theobold also wrote out a statement for the officer at the scene.
The episode was captured on store surveillance cameras.
Theobold was issued a summons to appear in Grand Junction municipal court in December.
Theobold served as Grand Junction city councilor and twice as mayor over a span of 18 years, 1985 to 2003.
Active in numerous community organizations, Theobold in 2014 earned the Grand Junction Lions Club’s top honor as Lion of the Year.