Fruita man accused of trailhead thefts from cars arrested again

Cody Joe Lynn

A Fruita man was arrested last night on allegations he broke into several vehicles at local hiking trails and stole items over the span of one week, which was less than a month after his arrest on similar allegations involving cars at a trailhead near Colorado National Monument.

Cody Joe Lynn, 24, 1234 E. Addington Lane, was booked into the Mesa County Jail last night on suspicion of 16 counts of first-degree criminal trespass of an auto, 14 counts of criminal mischief, in addition to three theft charges, according to an arrest affidavit.

Between July 1 and last night, Lynn is suspected of smashing windows on parked cars and stealing thousands of dollars in property at locations including Devil’s Canyon, Opal Loop, and the Loma boat launch, among other areas, the affidavit said. Lynn admitted involvement in at least five of the incidents, according to the affidavit.

Lynn became a suspect in the recent alleged crime wave after a witness Wednesday night reported seeing a white truck speeding away from Devil’s Canyon trailhead, where a window on a black SUV had been shattered, the affidavit said. The license plate showed the suspect truck was registered to the same company which owned a pickup truck associated with Lynn during his arrest on June 14, the affidavit.

On Thursday night, deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department street crime unit allegedly watched as Lynn smashed windows on a Jaguar parked at Devil’s Canyon trailhead. Lynn allegedly needed four tries with a rock to smash a window, while deputies reportedly observed the crime.

“I watched as Cody returned to his truck and drive away,” a deputy wrote in the affidavit.

Lynn was arrested June 14 on federal charges after authorities said he’d confessed to breaking into three vehicles parked at Lower Monument Canyon trailhead, stealing credit cards from one of them and using the cards to buy groceries at City Market stores in Fruita and Grand Junction. Lynn was booked into the Mesa County Jail on June 14 and released the next day after posting a federal bond.

Read the full story in Saturday’s Daily Sentinel.


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