DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced that two appliance thieves have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a string of Metro-area burglaries. Julio Cesar Reyes-Ramos will spend the next 12 years in state prison after today’s sentencing, while Valentin Aguilar Miramontes was given a four year prison term on September 18. Each of the men pled guilty to a variety of felony counts in early August after a months-long investigation dubbed Operation Freezer Burn.
The investigation centered on a string of 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.
Reyes-Ramos and Miramontes were indicted by the Statewide Grand Jury on February 22, 2008, as a result of Operation Freezer Burn. The investigation was 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.
Reyes-Ramos and Miramontes are two of the four defendants in this case. 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.
Both men were sentenced in Broomfield District Court by Judge John Popovich.