Truck returned to Horizons |

Truck returned to Horizons

Brandon Johnson

Kay Borvansky isn’t “ripping mad” now that authorities in Mesa County found Horizons Specialized Services’ truck.

“I’m just a little mad,” Borvansky said.

The truck was stolen from the Horizons offices on Ranney Street in Craig on Thursday.

Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies found the truck near Grand Junction late Friday night.

Julie Denee McLeslie, 34, of Craig, was driving the vehicle when a deputy pulled her over, according to court documents.

McLeslie is being held in the Mesa County jail on a $7,500 bond. McLeslie faces charges of theft by receiving, driving under a suspended license, possession of drug paraphernalia and a headlight violation.

‘Logistical nightmare’

Horizons uses the 1991 Ford F-150 to help move clients and to haul donated items.

Horizons serves people with developmental disabilities and mental retardation in Northwest Colorado.

With its truck gone, the non-profit was forced to pick up donations in a Buick station wagon during the weekend.

“Without that truck, it’s a logistical nightmare,” Borvansky said. “We have really become dependent on it.”

Borvansky is the resource development coordinator for Horizons and also is in charge of in-kind donations.

A Horizons board member offered to let Borvansky use a truck during the weekend, she said. But she said she looks forward to getting back the stolen truck.

Horizons officials say they aren’t sure when they’ll get the truck back, Borvansky said.

It isn’t clear how long authorities will keep the truck or whether someone from Horizons will have to retrieve it, Borvansky said.

Horizons needs the truck soon so the organization can help with client moves, she said.

Ironic twists

McLeslie was pulled over when a deputy saw her driving without a headlight, according to an arrest affidavit.

“I have to laugh because we just had those headlights fixed,” Borvansky said.

McLeslie was charged with theft after a witness saw a woman steal gas from a nearby station, according to the affidavit.

Borvansky got a kick out of that, too. One of the truck’s gas tanks “leaks like a sieve,” she said.

When the deputy told McLeslie the vehicle was stolen, she said it belonged to her boyfriend’s former employer, according to the affidavit.

The deputy reported finding unidentifiable pills in the truck, according to court documents.

If the pills are of an illegal substance, McLeslie could face additional charges.

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