Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Update to Criminal Trespass Theft Ring

COMMERCE CITY ¬– The Commerce City Police Department has arrested several individuals who are suspects in an organized theft ring that hit the City during the past two months.

The Commerce City Police Department and neighboring agencies have arrested five individuals and expect to make at least two more arrests this week. Five of the suspects are adults; the other two are juveniles.

Since the arrests, the vehicle trespasses have ceased, leading investigators to believe the involved persons are in custody.

During a six-week period, from the first week of September to the middle of October, numerous vehicle trespasses were reported. The trespasses occurred in the northeastern subdivisions in the area of E 104th Avenue and Chambers Road. All the cases involved vehicles that were left unlocked and had valuable items inside.

Several cases of Identity Theft and Providing False Information to a Pawn Broker are also being investigated as related crimes. Investigators say credit cards and IDs were stolen out of unlocked vehicles, and the cards were then used shortly thereafter, before they were reported stolen. The items purchased with the stolen cards were either kept by the suspects, or pawned for cash.

The Commerce City Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind residents that the best way to avoid becoming a victim of a crime like this is to take precautions by locking vehicles and securing valuables, and to report any suspicious activity to the police immediately.

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