Police investigating credit-card company used by GJ restaurant

Grand Junction police have opened an investigation into whether a Georgia credit-card company stole thousands of dollars from a downtown Grand Junction restaurant and its customers.

Police spokeswoman Kate Porras said the owners of the Cavett House Grille & Pub, 359 Colorado Ave., reported Saturday that the restaurant’s credit-card payment company charged patrons multiple times for the initial amount charged. They also reported that the company has withheld credit charges that would be paid to the Cavett House because the restaurant hasn’t paid fees from the charges billed to patrons.

Police wrote in a report that the amount of money lost exceeds $1,000. They did not identify the credit-card company.

Cavett House co-owner Marc Rice told The Daily Sentinel last month that the restaurant’s credit-card servicing company was randomly charging and crediting many customers who ate there in September and used a debit or credit card.

In another instance, Rice said, the company tried to take $19,000 out of the Cavett House account.

He said at the time that the incidents had caused the Cavett House to find a new credit-card payment company.

Police spokeswoman Kate Porras said Monday detectives are investigating whether a crime has been committed or whether it’s a civil issue.

Rice could not be reached for comment on Monday night.


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