Tuesday, 31 May 2022 10:05

11 Members of Car Theft Ring Busted in Denver

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious

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Eleven people have been busted for allegedly being part of an auto theft ring in Denver, CO, accused by the Denver District Attorney’s Office of stealing at least 130 cars valued at more than $3 million.

According to the DA’s office, these 11 individuals allegedly stole all those cars to support their drug habits. That’s not shocking in the least since we know drug addictions fuel other illegal activity, but this is helping to shed some light on what’s behind the vehicle theft crime wave.


This crime spree started in February 2021 and lasted all the way into the middle of May 2022. Reportedly, the accused used electronic key programmers to reprogram cars to accept aftermarket key fobs. We’ve seen this trick used over and over across the nation and in other countries.


According to legal filings, these individuals would also break into car dealerships and repair shops in the middle of the night, breaking open whatever was used to store the keys, then stealing whatever cars they wanted.


It sounds like this car theft ring was well-organized and smart. They allegedly did counter surveillance on the police, driving unpredictably and recklessly to flush out undercover cops. In some instances, they rammed police vehicles and drove over obstacles to flee law enforcement. They’re also accused of running at high speeds, sometimes in oncoming traffic lanes.


Prosecutors allege these individuals used social media to coordinate their crimes and to sell the stolen cars, and even to evade law enforcement. Money obtained by selling the stolen vehicles allowed the suspects to buy fentanyl, methamphetamine and heroin, as alleged by the DA’s office.


So far, a Denver grand jury indicted the 11 suspects on 74 counts. We’ll see what happens with this case, but it would be nice to see car thieves finally face serious consequences for their actions. As Motorious reported previously, police in the Denver metro are frustrated as they claim thieves they catch are almost immediately released, then steal again.


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