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    127-count Grand Jury Indictment in Jefferson County Dismantles Burglary/Theft Ring

    (Golden, CO – December17, 2013) First Judicial District Attorney Pete Weir announced today that a Jefferson County grand jury has returned a 127-count indictment dismantling a burglary/theft ring operating in the Denver metro area. The indictment was filed on December 10. The six men and two women are accused of violating Colorado’s Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA) by operating a theft ring between October 2012 and February 2013. They are accused of stealing over $114,178.

    According to the indictment, members of the organization would break into convenience stores and liquor stores and steal cigarettes, liquor and other merchandise. They would burglarize one or more of the businesses at night. They would go after the business was closed and break a glass window or door to get inside and take merchandise. The cigarettes, liquor and merchandise would be consumed by the participants or sold for cash. During the five month period 42 businesses were burglarized. There were 34 victims; some were burglarized more than once.

    The burglarized businesses were located in Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Arvada and throughout the metro area including Arapahoe, Douglas and Denver counties.

    All eight members of the enterprise were charge with the COCCA violation as well as other counts including theft, burglary, and criminal mischief. They were each indicted according to their alleged participation.

    Josiah Duran (DOB: 10-6-94)                Adam Padilla (DOB: 7/12/93)
    Estevan Valverde (DOB: 12/18/92)       Alex Flores (DOB: 10/28/94)
    Amber Gallegos (DOB: 1/23/92)           Demetrius Ware (DOB: 9/3/93)
    Natasha Robles (DOB:7/18/90)            Daniel Henderson (DOB: 12/9/92)

    Josiah Duran is alleged to have been the leader of the ring. The six men and two women are all between the ages of 18 and 21.

    “This was a collaborative effort between Lakewood Police Department, the Attorney General’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office and many other metro area police departments,” said District Attorney Pete Weir, “Our citizens and merchants can be proud of our law enforcement agencies who worked together to quickly put an end to the illegal activity of this theft ring.”

    Seven of the eight suspects have been arrested. There is a warrant outstanding for Estevan Valverde. Bond for alleged ringleader Josiah Duran was set at $100,000 and $50,000 for each of the other participants.

    Pam Russell
    DA Public Information

    December 17, 2013

    Adam Padilla

    Alex Flores

    Amber Gallegos

    Daniel Henderson

    Demetrius Ware

    Josiah Duran

    Natasha Robles

    Last Updated: 12-17-2013
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