533 calls keep cops busy through weekend

Phones at the Grand Junction Police Department hardly stopped ringing over the weekend as dispatch received a reported 533 calls from Friday through Sunday. That's about one call every eight minutes.

It wasn't only the sheer number of calls that kept local law enforcement busy this weekend, but with at least four cases involving possible weapons, a variety of resources were required to respond and investigate each case.

Among the cases that required the most extensive investigations was an armed robbery shortly after 1 a.m. on Sunday that reportedly took place at Sonic Drive-in, 2523 U.S. Highway 6&50.

"With those types of investigations that needed to be done, it required a significant amount of resources on Sunday," said Police Department spokeswoman Heidi Davidson. "Can't say it was the busiest weekend ever, but I think it's fair to say 533 calls is enough to keep an agency of our size very busy."

Officers shut down the area around Sonic to investigate.

According to a press release, a male suspect came into the business and pointed a gun at people inside, demanding money.

The suspect is believed to be a white male, of average height and build, wearing a blue sweatshirt and sweatpants.

Davidson said police are looking for help from the public to help resolve open cases, especially identifying the Sonic robbery suspect.

Another situation that required police attention over the weekend was a reported fight that broke out at 12:45 a.m. Sunday. Shots are believed to have been fired in the area of North Fifth and Main streets, according to a press release.

A complete search of the area revealed shell casings in a nearby parking lot, and a business in the 500 block of Main Street had broken windows and damage consistent with gunshots.

No injuries were reported.

"Anything that creates a safety risk like a weapons call or armed robbery, it requires all hands on deck," Davidson said.

At the time those two calls came into dispatch, a total of 25 patrol officers were on duty.

Sixteen officers responded in some capacity to the shots fired at Fifth and Main streets, Davidson said. Twenty-three officers were involved in the robbery call. This required significant overlap, with officers helping out with both calls at various times.

A woman also reported that her unlocked vehicle was broken into and a handgun stolen from it in the 1300 block of North 24th Street sometime after midnight Saturday.

Davidson said this incident served as a reminder for folks to ensure they are not leaving weapons accessible to criminals.

She recommends removing all valuable items, especially weapons, from your vehicle, locking the doors and never leaving the keys in the car.

"Be thoughtful about those crimes of opportunity," she said.

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