Friday, September 13, 2019

Early morning home invasion robbery

FRUITVALE, Colo – Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a home invasion robbery on the 500 Block of Eastbrook Street about 3:40 this morning.

The homeowner, who is in his 80s, ran to a neighbor’s house who called 911 for help. It was reported to deputies a man entered his home and assaulted him.

The homeowner’s silver 2017 Ford Mustang was stolen. It was recovered a short distance away on Bookcliff Ave and Ashbury Ct. abandoned.

A Community Notification went out to homes in a one-mile radius asking people to shelter-in-place. It has since been lifted.

The homeowner was taken to St. Mary’s hospital and treated for a minor injury.

The suspect is described as an adult male wearing all dark clothing, a mask, possibly white shoes, and is about 5’8”.

If you have information about this crime or suspect please call the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 242-6707 or call Crime Stoppers at (970) 241-STOP. Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Three juveniles arrested in connection with theft from autos

MESA COUNTY, Colo – As part of an effort to prevent crimes such as theft from vehicles, Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies deployed bait operation equipment on Friday in the area of 32 ½ Road and D 7/8 Road.

On Saturday, at approximately 3:20 am deputies were alerted an item was stolen from a vehicle used in the bait operation. Deputies tracked the item to three juveniles, ages 11-14, on the 500 block of 32 ½ Road. One juvenile was observed by a deputy entering a vehicle not belonging to them, another was in possession of the item stolen from the bait operation.

Two juveniles were arrested and transported to the Department of Youth Services on the following charges:
  • 2 counts of First Degree Criminal Trespass of Auto (Class 5 Felony)
  • Theft $50-$300 from Motor Vehicle (Class 3 Misdemeanor)
  • Violation of Bail Bond Conditions (Class 3 Misdemeanor)
A third juvenile was issued a Promise to Appear for 2 counts of First Degree Criminal Trespass of Auto (Class 5 Felony) and Theft $50-$300 from Motor Vehicle (Class 3 Misdemeanor).

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office utilizes bait operations as a proactive investigative tool to reduce property crime. Operations are conducted in areas where on-going criminal activity has been reported to specially target auto thieves and persons breaking and entering into cars with the intent to steal property. Bait operations give deputies a proactive way to identify suspects without a citizen becoming a victim of a crime.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

MCSO Warns of Increasing Fire Danger

MESA COUNTY, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office wants to alert the public to increasing fire danger in Mesa County.

While there are currently no fire restrictions in place, the potential for wildfire is still a concern. Our seasonably hot and dry weather and recent lack of measurable rain are causing local vegetation to dry out. In these conditions, a small spark has the potential to turn into a dangerous wildfire quickly.

To reduce the risk of wildfire, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is urging the public to recreate responsibility this Labor Day holiday weekend and into hunting season. Please be extra cautious with campfires, smoking outdoors and avoid dragging chains on trailers near dry brush.

Remember, if you light a campfire it is your responsibility to make sure it is completely out before you leave. A campfire is considered completely out when the embers are cool to the touch. Even a small amount of heat can reignite and start a wildfire.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating with federal and local partners weekly to monitor current fire conditions. When considering putting fire restrictions into place, fuel moisture levels, weather forecasts, and human factors such as holidays and anticipated fire related recreation activities are all analyzed.

Right now, no fire restrictions are in place in Mesa County, but people should still be aware of the fire risk.

For more information about current fire danger visit our website.