Thursday, July 7, 2016

School buses vandalized multiple times

GRAND JUNCTION, CO – The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in seeking the persons responsible for several recent vandalism incidents on District 51 property where Student Transportation of America houses its buses. The school district contracts with Student Transportation of America to provide its school busing services.

Since June 23, seven incidents occurred causing about $10,000 in damage to buses and school property. Two incidents occurred in the last two days on the bus lot, which is just east of Chatfield Elementary, 3188 D ½ Road.

Wednesday’s incident occurred around 1:30 in the morning. During that incident four buses were damaged, having multiple windows, windshields, headlights, and emergency exits smashed in. During Thursday’s incident, a window was damaged at Chatfield Elementary as well.

Most of the incidents occurred in the middle of the night around 1:30 in the morning.

The suspects are believed to be middle school or high school-aged juveniles.

Mesa County Sheriff’s investigators are asking the public for any information about these crimes and for the community to keep an eye out for the suspects should they chose to strike again.

If you have any information about these crimes please call Valley Crime Stoppers at (970) 241-STOP. Crime Stoppers also allows you to submit tips online at as well as through text. Text your tip to CRIMES (274637) and start your message with “241STOP.” Crime Stoppers tips remain anonymous and you could be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.