Front Range police tie couple to Colorado crime spree |

Front Range police tie couple to Colorado crime spree

Bill Scanlon
Rocky Mountain News

The criminal careers of a very busy couple may be over.

Lakewood police have arrested a man in connection with hundreds of crimes in metro Denver and throughout the state.

They have a warrant out for his girlfriend, said Detective Sean Templeton. The pair face at least 19 felony charges each.

Following up on a tip from Greenwood Village police, Lakewood police observed Michael Robert Chard, 30, moving items from one vehicle to another at his girlfriend’s address on West Dartmouth Avenue, said Steve Davis, spokesman for the Lakewood police.

Chard had a handgun, but was arrested after a short chase on foot on January 7.

Chard’s girlfriend, Brandy P. Dippel, 32, is wanted for possessing a stolen credit card, but that charge could be the tip of the iceberg.

After Chard’s arrest, police found thousands of stolen items in the pair’s vehicles and storage locker, including, but not limited to, electronic equipment, bicycles and credit cards.

Police later determined that the two vehicles Chard had been transferring items to and from were full of stolen items, Davis said. Chard and Dippel also had a storage locker containing stolen goods.

Lakewood police worked with agencies from several cities and now believe there are at least 130 separate victims of various crimes in the metro area, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs that could be attributed to the pair.

Both Dippel and Chard face at least 19 felony charges each, including theft by receiving, aggravated motor vehicle theft, possession of a firearm by a previous offender and identity theft and many others, Templeton said.

Police aren’t making public photos of the pair, while they continue to conduct interviews.

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