New charges expected in Orchard Mesa vandalism

A pair of teenage boys already facing 76 charges in a vandalism spree last month on Orchard Mesa will soon face new charges in the same incidents.

“Daily, we’re getting new victims and new case reports,” Deputy District Attorney Brandy Ellis told Magistrate Cynthia Cyphers on Tuesday.

Ellis told Cyphers she anticipates soon filing “16 to 20” new counts against Caleb Hovland, 17. Ellis said she also anticipates new charges against Michael Moore, 17.

She didn’t specify the new charges against either teen.

The boys have been charged with a combined 50 felonies, including auto theft, first-degree arson and criminal mischief, in connection with vandalism that caused tens of thousands of dollars of dama ge at several locations across Orchard Mes a.

According to an arrest affidavit, the teens admitted involvement in a burglary May 9 at the Orchard Mesa Little League facility, 2787 U.S. Highway 50; burglary, arson and vandalism May 16 at Trinity Baptist Church, 2748 B 1/2 Road; and the theft of a parked Subaru.

Authorities allege that Hovland was behind the wheel of the Subaru when it crashed early May 17 at 29 Road, near Victoria Drive. Both boys were arrested shortly after the crash.

The Grand Junction Police Department alleges boys are connected to 17 theft-from-auto reports, 10 instances of criminal mischief, one trespass of a car and one stolen car.

Dollar amounts of theft or vandalism from those incidents were not immediately available, nor was a list of incidents investigated by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

Both teens are being held without bond at Grand Mesa Youth Services Center.


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