One arrest in connection with recent auto theft and car break-ins in Orchard Mesa

MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KJCT)- Rodion Hightower, 24, of Grand Junction was taken into custody Tuesday after a warrant was obtained for his arrest.

The charges stem from several theft from autos and an auto theft that occurred between November 30, 2019, and December 5, 2019, in the Orchard Mesa area between 28 and 28 ½ Roads.

Surveillance footage from the Rimrock Walmart showed a man using a credit card that came out of one of the stolen vehicles, and photos from the surveillance footage were released to the public via social media. Numerous tips were sent in, and investigators confirmed the subject's identity to be Rodion Hightower.

Hightower is facing the following charges,

-First Degree Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft (F4)
-Fraud – Identity Theft – Uses Info to Obtain (F4)
-6 Counts of First Degree Criminal Trespass of Auto (F5)
--Criminal Impersonation (F6)
-Criminal Possession of a Financial Device (F6)
-Theft $750-$2,000 (M1)
-Theft $350-$750 (M2)
-Unauthorized Use of a Financial Transaction Device

He is currently being housed in the Mesa County Detention Facility.