DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, in conjunction with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, today announced the indictment and arrest of eight individuals resulting from a year-long grand jury investigation. The arrested individuals are alleged to have been involved in an auto theft ring believed to be responsible for nearly 350 stolen automobiles.
“These eight indictments demonstrate what cooperation among law enforcement agencies can accomplish,” said Attorney General Suthers. “Nearly 20 different entities had a hand in this investigation, and the hard work of each person involved has made Colorado safer.”
The individuals taken into custody were charged with the violation of Colorado’s Organized Crime Control Act, C.R.S. 18-17-104, a Class 2 felony. Each is being held in lieu of $75,000.00 bail.
Those indicted and arrested are:
- Ms. Ma Lee, 28, of Westminster. Ms. Lee was also charged with Theft by Receiving, $500.00-$15,000.00, C.R.S. 18-4-410, a Class 4 felony
- Mr. Dennis Godbolt, 25, of Westminster
- Mr. Tony Lo, 26, of Westminster
- Mr. Kou Lo, 22, of Westminster. Mr. Lo was also charged with Theft by Receiving, $500.00-$15,000.00
- Mr. Jason Cheng, 21, of Westminster
- Mr. Lu Vang, 33, of Westminster
- Mr. Thong Lor, 26, of Westminster
- Mr. Kong Lor, 19, of Westminster
The indicted individuals are believed to have been the principals in an auto theft ring that was active in the Denver metro and Ft. Collins areas from August 2005 to May 2006. Most of the stolen vehicles were subsequently recovered. The proceeds from the sale of stolen auto parts and car stereos were allegedly used to fund the suspects’ methamphetamine habits. Additional arrests may occur as other suspects are identified.
“Cases like this demonstrate the relationship between methamphetamine use and serious property crimes,” added the Attorney General. “Cracking down on crimes that fund the meth industry will have an exponential impact on public safety in Colorado.”
The law enforcement agencies that assisted in the investigation are:
|Adams County Sheriff’s Office||Arvada Police Department|
|Boulder Police Department||Boulder County Sheriff’s Office|
|Broomfield Police Department||Commerce City Police Department|
|Douglas County Sheriff’s Office||Erie Police Department|
|Federal Heights Police Department||Ft. Collins Police Department|
|Lafayette Police Department||Larimer County Sheriff’s Office|
|Longmont Police Department||Louisville Police Department|
|Thornton Police Department||Westminster Police Department|
The case has been filed in the Adams County District Court. The Adams County District Attorney’s Office will be participating in the prosecution of these eight individuals.
Due to the pending criminal charges and confidentiality of grand jury proceedings, law enforcement investigators are not at liberty to discuss specifics of the investigation. It should be noted, any indictment is merely an accusation and defendants are presumed innocent until found guilty by a court.