Police Blotter, Sept. 16, 2011

Cops seek school vandals

Crime Stoppers of Mesa County is looking for information about the vandals who caused hundreds of dollars of damage to a local school last month.

Police said two male juveniles were seen throwing rocks at Dual Immersion Academy, 552 W. Main St., before 2 p.m. Aug. 10. The rocks broke a single pane of a double-pane window on the north side of the new section of the school. Damage was estimated at more than $350.

Anyone with information can anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 970-241-STOP. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

Stephen Brian Hoffman, 30, 2915 Orchard Ave., Unit G20, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of second-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools and theft of less than $500 after he allegedly used a screwdriver to try to break into DVD cases at Walmart, 2881 North Ave.

Evert Lee Sweatfield, 57, 2853 North Ave., was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of second-degree burglary and theft of less than $500 after he allegedly stole two beers from City Market, 200 Rood Ave.

Rico Salazar, 19, address unavailable, was issued a summons on suspicion of theft Wednesday of less than $1,000 in merchandise from JC Penney at Mesa Mall.

A thief entered a vehicle in the 700 block of Horizon Drive on Wednesday and stole items valued at $100 to $1,000.

Property valued at $100 to $500 was stolen from a garage in the 2800 block of Presley Avenue on Monday.

Damages of $1,000 to $1,500 were caused to property in the parking garage at 435 Rood Ave. on Sept. 9.

Items valued at more than $1,000 were stolen from the 2400 block of Industrial Boulevard on Sept. 9.

An item valued at less than $1,000 was stolen from a vehicle in the 1400 block of North Fifth Street on Sept. 7.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

Property valued at $600 was damaged in the 2200 block of Perona Court on Monday.

Property was stolen from a garage in the 500 block of Garfield Drive on Sunday.

A loaded, sawed-off shotgun was found in a field in the 3400 block of C 1/2 Road on Sept. 1. The firearm was booked into evidence at the Sheriff’s Department.


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