DENVER — Nine suspects are facing a total of 126 charges for their alleged involvement in a web of illegal activities prosecutors said were to support their methamphetamine and heroin use, according to the Denver District Attorney’s Office.
Prosecutors said the defendants, who are facing charges including identity theft, aggravated motor vehicle theft, second-degree burglary and criminal trespass to commit murder, committed a series of crimes starting as early as May 2018.
The DA said at least 12 vehicles worth a total of $294,000 were stolen by the group. The suspects are also accused of stealing a semiautomatic handgun, a vape kit, electronic devices, prescription drugs and numerous other items totaling more than $60,000, which prosecutors alleged were sold to support their drug use.
According to the DA, the suspects shared money, food, clothing and a house in Broomfield to accomplish their crimes. The ring is also accused of engaging in identity theft and using stolen documents from the mail to open credit card accounts in their victim's names. The fraudulent accounts were later used to purchase gift cards and merchandise, the DA said.
The following suspects are facing charges in the case:
- Maren Raquel Gasser, 30.
- Jonathan Wray Hovey, 39.
- Matthew Wade Turkett, 30.
- Brett Alan Cravens, 27.
- Kasee Rae Dela-Torre, 28.
- John Christopher Garcia, 26.
- Cory Roger Halvorson, 42.
- Joseph James King, 33.
- Sara Marie Lore, 37.
“Many agencies were involved in bringing this case forward and I would like to specifically acknowledge the Colorado Bureau of Investigations, the Broomfield Police Department, the Sheridan Police Department, and the United States Postal Inspection Service as well as the members of the grand jury for their hard work,” Denver District Attorney Beth McCann said.
During an incident on Feb. 26, the DA's office said two of the suspects, Halvorson and Lore, were traveling in a stolen Subaru WRX and tried to run over a Sheridan Police Detective. Halvorson is facing a charge for criminal attempt to commit murder in the first degree for that incident.
The 126-count grand jury indictment against the suspects in the ring was filed on July 5. Each defendant was charged for their alleged conduct and not every count in the indictment.
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