Colorado AG charges 8 people in bike shop burglary

In one case, the suspects allegedly stole $ 90,000 worth of bicycles in less than five minutes.

Some stores have been hit on multiple occasions. Giant Cycling World in Littleton, for example, was hit four times, Totally Wired Cyclery in Fraser was hit twice in 10 days.

Prosecutors said they have “credible evidence” that the group worked with fences that quickly moved the bikes out of state and possibly into Mexico. The approximate value of the stolen bikes is $ 985,000 and the approximate value of the stolen vehicles is $ 258,000. The total property damage between vehicles and businesses is $ 231,837.

“Auto theft and property crime have increased dramatically over the past two years. Working with our law enforcement partners, we put an end to this multi-level criminal enterprise that has harmed several businesses and nonprofits in mountain communities and in metro areas of Denver and from Boulder. We will hold these individuals accountable for their actions and the harm they have caused to victims and to our communities, ”Attorney General Weiser said in a statement.

Weiser said the AG’s office worked with the Boulder, Denver and Littleton Police Departments, as well as the FBI, to investigate the case. According to the indictments, investigators gained access to Facebook Messenger communications between the men as they planned the break-ins and the sale of the bikes. The indictments also refer to DNA evidence, fixed roadside license plate readers, red light control cameras, retail security cameras, recordings of border crossings, bank statements and cellphone records that allegedly linked the men to the robberies.

At least one indictment refers to photos and videos on the accused’s Facebook pages. It says that on Christmas Eve 2019, two defendants shared videos and photos on the social media site showing them with “large amounts of money and expensive bottles of alcohol” in a hotel room. Bikes worth approximately $ 73,000 were stolen from the Specialized Experience Center in Boulder on the night of December 23.

The eight defendants are variously charged with violating Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, aggravated first-degree motor vehicle theft, second-degree burglary, theft and criminal mischief, in addition to others. accusations. The eight indictments include 227 counts in total.

The cases were filed in Boulder District Court on October 25. The defendants are Kevin Acosta-Larkin, Austin Butler, Gerald Garcia, Maurice Leday, Gregory Melina, Salvador Mena-Barreno, Jason Quijada and Adrian Rocha-Chairez. While most of the men have been charged with dozens of counts, including organized crime, Melina is only charged with five counts relating to two break and enter charges in Longmont. Quijada is charged with one count of aggravated motor vehicle theft. The indictments describe Adrian Rocha-Chairez as the fence of the group, sometimes telling others how many bikes were needed.

Retailers who suffered break-ins or damage cited in the indictments are: Boulder Cycle Sport, Boulder; Specialized Experience Center, Boulder; Redstone Cyclery, Lyon; Giant Cycling World, Littleton; Evergreen Bicycle Outfitter, Evergreen; REI, Denver; Cycling, Littleton; Totally wired, Fraser; Guerilla Gravity, Denver; Foundation cycles, Denver; Alpha Bicycles, Denver; Mojo Wheels, Denver; Bicycle Village, Aurora; Base camp cycles; Denver; Bike Source, Highlands Ranch; Cycles Cenna, Longmont; NuLife Cycles, Longmont. The indictments also link some of the defendants to an unsuccessful break-in at Fay Meyers Motorcycle World in Greenwood Village.

Related: BRAIN spoke to several of the Colorado retailers who were the victims of the break-ins for a March 2020 article.