A Weld County Statutory Grand Jury has indicted seven suspects in connection to auto theft schemes throughout northern Colorado.
The Greeley Police Department, Windsor Police Department and Loveland Police Department investigated from April to June 2021 an auto theft scheme targeting northern Colorado car dealerships, according to a Greeley police news release. The scheme involved an organization of members using stolen identities to test-drive vehicles before stealing them.
Along with auto theft, the enterprise operated a large-scale forgery ring where members produced forged checks, temporary license plates, insurance cards and identification documents.
Further investigation identified Amanda Johnson and Jose Pizarro as two suspects, credited for stealing eight vehicles from car dealerships in Weld and Larimer counties, the release said.
In July, the Greeley Police Department and the Weld County District Attorney’s Office presented the case to the Weld County Statutory Grand Jury. Johnson and Pizarro were each indicted with more than fifty felony charges in the case, including one count of Violation of Colorado Organized Crime Control Act.
Police arrested Johnson and Pizarro, and a Weld County judge set a $250,000 bond for both suspects.
During the investigation of “The Endless Test-Drive” case, Greeley police uncovered another large-scale auto theft scheme — a criminal organization targeting Kia and Hyundai vehicles to steal from Denver into northern Colorado.
Police learned the criminal enterprise involving suspects Johnson, Austin Carlholm, Hector Rivera, Ryan Yarwood and Jacob Martinez was also involved with other types of serious and repeated criminal activity.
In total, the members stole 49 vehicles from victims throughout Colorado, according to the release.
In September, the Greeley Police Department and the Weld County District Attorney’s Office also presented this case to the Weld County Statutory Grand Jury.
Johnson was indicted with more than seventy felony charges, Carlholm and Rivera were indicted with more than sixty felony charges, Martinez was indicted with more than forty felony charges and Yarwood was indicted with more than twenty felony charges, according to Greeley police.
All five suspects were also charged with one count each of Violation of Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA). They all remain in custody with a bond set at $250,000.
The two investigations revealed over 57 stolen vehicles, police said. Multiple agencies assisted with the investigations, including the Beat Auto Theft Through Law Enforcement Team, Auto Theft Intelligence Coordination Center and Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority.
The Loveland Police Department, Fort Collins Police Services, Denver Police Department, Aurora Police Department, Lakewood Police Department, Evans Police Department, Johnstown Police Department and Colorado Adult Parole also helped during the two investigations.
All charges are merely an accusation of crimes and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, the release stated.
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