DENVER – Attorney General John Suthers today announced indictments of eleven individuals of a burglary ring operating along the I-25 corridor. The Statewide Grand Jury handed down the indictments on Monday, May 22. The matter was heard by the Statewide Grand Jury because of its multi-jurisdictional nature.
“These defendants operated an extensive crime ring, breaking into nearly twenty businesses and selling stolen merchandise to feed their drug habit,” said Suthers. “Thanks to the efforts of multiple law enforcement agencies along the Front Range, we were able to put a stop to their widespread crime spree.”
According to the indictment, the crime ring was responsible for a series of burglaries occurring between March and September 2003. In nearly all of the burglaries, a member of the ring would use rocks to shatter the glass door or windows of a store. Thefts from businesses included liquor from liquor stores, paintings and statues from art galleries, clothing taken from sporting goods stores and clothing and artwork taken from Harley Davidson stores. There were also numerous safes taken from restaurants. The total losses to Front Range businesses measure nearly half a million dollars.
The defendants were charged with racketeering in violation of Colorado’s Organized Crime Control Act, a class 2 felony. The defendants were also charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief all class 4 felonies.
Indictments were returned by the Statewide Grand Jury against the following defendants:
Rick Joseph Muniz* (11/1/68)
Jose Isreal Guzman (10/27/62)
Michael Angelo Aguila (8/26/66)
Jose Gustavo Pacheco-Huizar (1/14/62)
Steven Christopher Romero (9/9/62)
Robert Leon Trujillo, Jr (10/29/82)
Dominic Paul Griego (6/13/82)
Max William Chrisp III (10/10/62)
Lynda Renee Chrisp (7/27/73)
Brandon Patrick Sanchez (6/7/73)
Dennis Robert Arellano (5/4/63)
*Muniz was the ring leader
“These crimes resulted in nearly half a million in losses for Colorado businesses,” said Det. Gregg Lotspeich of the Frederick Police Department. “If not for the persistence and dedication of several hard-working detectives, these cases may have remained unsolved.”
The Weld County District Attorney’s Office initially alerted the Attorney General’s Office to the case. The investigation was a collaboration between the Attorney General’s Office and law enforcement agencies in Frederick, Greeley, Weld County, Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Westminister, Denver, Douglas County, Pueblo, Greenwood Village, Lakewood and Littleton.