Four people who allegedly broke into vehicles of hikers and bike riders parked at trailheads in Jefferson, Boulder and Broomfield counties have been accused of using credit cards they stole to buy thousands of dollars of merchandise from metro Denver stores.
The state grand jury identified the members of the ring as Ismael Lopez, 37, Quirina Lopez, 28, Finesse Apodaca, 25, and Daniel Febles, 43.
According to the indictment, the four would scout trailheads and mountain parks from a white minivan and break into the vehicles and steal purses, wallets and other personal items.
Some of the other items taken included bags, checkbooks, jewelry, cameras and clothing.
They are accused of using credit cards stolen from the vehicles to make purchases such as video games, gift cards, groceries and electronics.
The grand jury said the ring operated between July and September 2008.
Ismael and Quirina Lopez, as well as Apodaca, are accused of racketeering. The three are accused of myriad other crimes, including theft, criminal trespass and identity theft.
Febles is accused of identity theft and theft.
Among the parks and trailheads targeted were Settler’s Park Trailhead, the Greenbelt Plateau Trailhead, the Bobolink Trailhead and the Flatirons Vista Trailhead, all in Boulder County. Also targeted were vehicles at Crown Hill Open Space Park in Lakewood, Broomfield Commons Park in Broomfield and Tom Frost Reservoir in Broomfield.
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