Monday, October 28, 2019

MCSO investigates weekend burglary and vandalism

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - On October 26, 2019 at approximately 12:14 am, Mesa County Sheriff’s Deputies and Grand Junction Police Officers responded to the area of 30 Rd and I 70 Business Loop for a Burglary in progress.

Witnesses reported a male in a dark colored hooded sweatshirt was breaking windows at multiple businesses.

The Alta Gas Station (2998 North Ave), The Domino's (510 30 Rd) and the La Milpa Tortilla Factory (514 30 Rd) were all damaged. There was also a vehicle north of the Alta Gas Station with multiple windows shattered. Two fires were started in the same area of this incident and are believed to be related. One in the alleyway North of the Gas station, flames were put out by a deputy using a fire extinguisher and the homeowner using a garden hose. A second fire was started in the field just Northeast of North Ave Storage  (516 30 Rd). Deputies worked to contain the fire, until the fire department arrived.

Deputies observed what appeared to be the suspect running north bound in the alley behind the North Ave Storage. With the assistance of the Grand Junction Police Department as well as the Colorado State Patrol, deputies searched for the suspect. Ultimately, a suspect was not located.

List of damage (preliminary estimate):

Alta Gas Station (2998 North Ave)
  • Three double pane windows and two glass doors were broken
  • Inside store: items throw around, display box knocked over, items stolen 
  • Estimated damage $5,000
Domino's (510 30 Rd)
  • All double pane windows on West side of business and glass entrance doors were broken
  • Estimated damage $40,000
La Milpa Tortilla Factory (514 30 Rd)
  • Two double pane windows and a glass door were broken
  • Estimated damage $3,000
  • Several windows broken
  • Estimated damage $1,000
Deputies are currently reviewing surveillance footage and processing evidence. This case is still under investigation.

If anyone has information about this crime, please contact the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 242-6707. You can also contact Mesa County 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.