Blotter, Sept. 19, 2010

Homeless man missing

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department is searching for a homeless man who reportedly has been missing for nearly a week.

Shad Louis Mecham, 35, is white and has brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue or red plaid jacket and carrying a faded red/orange frame backpack.

He has been homeless for the past seven weeks and has not been seen or heard from since Tuesday. The Sheriff’s Department said Mecham has unspecified health issues that are serious enough to make his disappearance of “extra concern.”

Anyone who has seen Meacham is asked to contact police by calling 911.

City Market bandit?

The Grand Junction Police Department issued a summons Tuesday to Joshua Garlinghouse, 29, on suspicion of theft of items valued at about $500 from City Market, 200 Rood Ave.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department also cited Garlinghouse on Friday on suspicion of shoplifting valued at about $500 from another City Market, this one at 569 32 Road in Clifton.

In both cases, Garlinghouse was issued a summons and released at the scene.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

A thief removed property Thursday valued at more than $1,000 from a home in the 2800 block of Elm Drive.

A thief stole automobile tires and rims valued at more than $1,000 on Friday from the area of Fifth Street and South Avenue.

A thief stole a vehicle Friday valued at more than $20,000 from 2730 G Road.

Two 16-year-old boys and Levonn Litsey, 20, were issued summonses on suspicion of damaging structures Friday at 1430 Mesa Ave.

Elias Gonzales, 21, was jailed Friday on suspicion of disobeying a red signal light, operating a motor vehicle with a revoked driver’s license, driving as a habitual offender, driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to show proof of insurance.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

Parts from a vehicle were stolen in the 1800 block of J 6/10 Road on Friday; doors from a Jeep Wrangler and a car stereo were taken. The items were valued at more than $2,300. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at more than $1,000.

A Grand Junction resident reported a possible fraud by computer Friday in the 500 block of Amy’s Way, where someone successfully accessed the resident’s credit card and took an unknown amount of money from his bank account, but failed during a second attempt.

Tools valued at about $700 were stolen from a home in the 4300 block of V.5 Road on Friday.

Sebastian John McGowan, 28, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of theft of property valued at less than $20,000, receiving stolen property valued at $500 to $1,000 and making a false report to authorities.


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