Police: Arsons, break-ins could be related

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Officials say someone intentionally set a shed on fire early Tuesday morning and now they are looking to see if it could be linked to a fire set at a church Monday morning.

Police have two people that they are questioning about that fire. They are also talking to them about a rash of car break–ins in the area as well as a stolen car.

Around 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, the Grand Junction Fire Department was called to a shed fire on Cheyenne Drive.

Fire crews were able knock down the flames quickly and determine that the fire was arson.

Police were also called out to the area and found several vehicles that had been broken into and vandalized. A car was also reported stolen.

Witness told police they saw two people crash the car into some property at 29 Road and Victoria Drive and then get out and run.

Then at 6 a.m. police say another witness saw two people inside a pickup truck who then took off on bikes.

Police caught up with those two people and have taken them in for questioning.

Investigators say there are similarities between the way the fire was set at the shed and the way a church was set on fire early Monday morning.

Firefighters found a church pew and two flags on fire at Trinity Baptist Church on 27 ½ Road and B ½ Road yesterday.

They also found smashed glass and food and paint on spread on the floor.

Damage to the church is estimated at $30,000 - $40,000.

If you have any information about either of these fires or the rash of car break–ins you're asked to immediately call the anonymous Crimestoppers tip line at 241-STOP.

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