Thirteen individuals have been indicted on more than 100 counts of motor vehicle thefts and burglaries that occurred at Denver International Airport (DIA) and throughout the Denver metro area. The indictments were announced by District Attorney Brian Mason from the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
According to the indictment, the 13 individuals are accused of stealing 59 vehicles from various locations, including DIA, between February 2022 and March 2023. The charges in the 121-count indictment include COCCA, burglary, aggravated motor vehicle theft, and theft.
The suspects allegedly used the stolen vehicles to attempt burglaries by smashing through the fronts of businesses. They would then place straps around ATMs inside the stores and use the cars to pull the machines from the buildings.
The investigation revealed that the preferred vehicles for theft were Ford F-150 Raptors, although Cherokees, Dodge Challengers, and Dodge Chargers were also stolen and used. The suspects employed sophisticated tools to reprogram key fobs and disable the cars’ GPS tracking systems.
The alleged offenses occurred in multiple jurisdictions, including Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Boulder, Denver, Jefferson, and Logan Counties.
In total, 59 vehicles were stolen, and 31 burglaries were attempted. The investigation was conducted by the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority and the CATPA Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force, who followed the group for over a year.