Attorney General Announces Felony Convictions In Appliance-Theft Ring

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and 17th Judicial District Attorney Don Quick today announced two felony convictions in a string of Metro-area appliance burglaries. Julio Cesar Reyes-Ramos and Valentin Aguilar Miramontes had previously been indicted by a Statewide Grand Jury after a months-long investigation dubbed Operation Freezer Burn.

The investigation centered on a criminal enterprise whose members were involved in widespread residential burglaries in new-construction communities. The crime ring stole tens-of-thousands of dollars in new appliances – usually refrigerators, microwaves, and ranges – and sold the stolen goods through a variety of means, including at the Mile High Flea Market. The burglaries occurred in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver and Douglas counties between late 2006 and late 2007. 

Julio Cesar Reyes-Ramos of Denver pled guilty to three felony counts, including violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA) and two counts of Second Degree Burglary. Sentencing for Reyes-Ramos is set for October 2 at 8:30 a.m. in Broomfield District Court, with a possible sentence of up to 48 years in state prison.

Valentin Aguilar Miramontes of Aurora pled guilty to four felony counts of Theft by Receiving.  Miramontes will be sentenced on August 21, at 8:30 a.m. in Broomfield District Court, and could receive up to 12 years in prison.

Reyes-Ramos and Miramontes are two of the four defendants who were indicted by the Statewide Grand Jury on February 22, 2008, as a result of Operation Freezer Burn. Norberto Felix-Cruz and his father, Norberto Felix-Villapudua, were also indicted, but remain at large. Felix-Villapudua has been known to use various aliases, including “Rene Delgado.” Warrants with bond set in the amount of $100,000 exist for both men, who are believed to be hiding in Mexico. Community members are asked to immediately notify local law enforcement of any information on their whereabouts.

Operation Freezer Burn was a multi-agency investigation led by detectives from the Broomfield Police Department and the Attorney General’s Office. The case was prosecuted by both the Attorney General’s Office and the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Assistance was also provided by Aurora PD, Castle Rock PD, Commerce City PD, Denver PD, Lafayette PD, and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. 

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