DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today the Statewide Grand Jury has issued a 30-count indictment against four Coloradans suspected of breaking into cars parked at trailheads and parks in Boulder, Broomfield and Jefferson counties, stealing their credit cards and using the cards to make fraudulent purchases.
The four — Ismael Lopez (DOB: 1/24/1972), Quirina Lopez (DOB: 6/7/1980), Finesse Apodaca (DOB: 5/5/1984) and Daniel Febles (DOB: 12/11/1965) — used credit cards stolen from the cars to purchase thousands of dollars worth of goods from stores throughout the Metro Denver area, including video games, gift cards, groceries and electronics between July and September 2008.
According to the indictment, the four would scout out cars at trailheads and public parks from a white minivan, break into various cars, and steal purses, wallets and other personal items. The suspects then would use the credits cards stolen from their victims to make fraudulent purchases at several stores.
Three of the suspects face charges under the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, a class two felony.
The Office of the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Unit, with the assistance of the Broomfield Police Department and the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, used forensic evidence gathered at the crime scenes and store video surveillance footage to build its case against the identity theft ring.
According to the indictment, Ismael Lopez admitted during an October interview with detectives from the Broomfield Police Department to his and others’ involvement in the identity theft ring.