GJPD arrests man for multiple vehicle break-ins

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Grand Junction, Colo. -- The Grand Junction Police Department has arrested a man who is believed to have broken into more than a dozen vehicles near the CMU campus last night.

Officers were dispatched to a parking lot in the 900 block of Glenwood Avenue at around 5:30 a.m. this morning for a man that was seen trying to open the handles of vehicles. The man would duck when cars passed him.

Officers found the same man sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle. He was identified as 22-year-old Garrett Austin who initially said he owned the car, but did not know who the vehicle was registered to. He later told police he did not know whose vehicle he had been in and did not have permission to be in it.

Austin was arrested on charges of felony 1st degree criminal trespass of autos and misdemeanor theft. He also received a possession of dangerous or illegal weapon charge because officers found a butterfly knife in the pockets of his pants when they searched him.

Officers have continued investigating throughout the morning and so far have found 16 possible victims related to this case. There is a possibility that other cars were also broken into. If you believe you might be a victim in this case you can call 970-242-6707.

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