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Rangers Arrest Man For Auto Break-Ins

Colorado National Monument

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On June 5th, rangers responded to the report of a theft from an auto at the Lower Monument Canyon trailhead, but found that it had taken place approximately 70 feet from the park’s boundary and therefore turned the investigation over to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. Three days later, rangers received a report of three more vehicles being broken into at the same trailhead, but within the park’s boundary. One of the victims reported that her purse was stolen and that someone had used one of her credit cards at City Market grocery stores in Fruita and Grand Junction that afternoon. Rangers worked closely with City Market staff and received excellent surveillance photos of the suspect from them. The photos were distributed to law enforcement agencies in the Grand Valley and an employee from the Grand Junction Police Department recognized the suspect as Cody Lynn, 25, of Fruita. On June 14th, a team comprised of rangers, police officers, a sheriff’s deputy and a BLM ranger executed a search warrant on Lynn’s home in the town of Fruita. Lynn arrived home an hour after the search began and confessed to entering the three vehicles on the 8th and using the stolen credit card at the grocery stores. He was arrested under a federal arrest warrant and taken to the Mesa County Jail.  State charges are also pending.


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