In public safety campaign, signs disappear, but not from theft
Two weeks ago, Grand Junction police asked people to call an anonymous tip line if they had information about campaign signs that were stolen from the area of 12th Street and Patterson Road.
One problem: The signs advocating for new public safety buildings weren’t stolen.
An official with City Market, who owns the property where the signs had been placed, confirmed this week that the company removed the signs.
“We take a position of neutrality on most legislative issues unless it directly involves us. That is our typical position,” City Market spokesman Trail Daugherty said. “So we just reviewed it and made the decision and felt we should not take a position.”
Daugherty said City Market received a complaint about the signs from a citizen.
Kevin Kuhlman, president of Citizens for a Safer Grand Junction, the committee campaigning for the $98 million public safety initiative, filed a report Oct. 8 claiming that two signs on the southeast corner of 12th and Patterson had been stolen between Oct. 5 and Oct. 7. Kuhlman also reported that a sign at First Street and Grand Avenue was stolen between Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.
The report said the signs were valued at $600. Police announced on Oct. 9 they were investigating the thefts and asked people to report any information they had to Crime Stoppers of Mesa County.
Kuhlman said Thursday that Citizens for a Safer Grand Junction received permission from City Market President Phyllis Norris to place the signs on the property. Norris is a supporter of Citizens for a Safer Grand Junction and contributed $1,000 to the campaign, according to campaign finance reports.
Kuhlman said he assumed the signs had been stolen because one sign at First and Grand had been stolen, and another at the same intersection had been vandalized.
A couple days later, though, he said he spoke with an employee who works in City Market’s Grand Junction corporate office who said that the grocer’s parent company, Kroger, directed City Market to remove the signs.
Kuhlman said he left a message with Sgt. Derek Rosales indicating he wanted to change the report to indicate that the signs at 12th and Patterson weren’t stolen. He said he didn’t hear anything back.
Police spokeswoman Kate Porras said officers received Kuhlman’s message and are in the process of amending the report.