Suspected Eagle County car thieves arrested in combined investigation
Eagle County, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY ” Six arrests related to the rash of thefts from cars throughout the county were made Tuesday night in an on-going investigation by Eagle County, Colorado law enforcement.
Edgar Rivera Gaeta, 21, from Gypsum; Victor Varela, also known as Victor Chavez, 19, from Gypsum; and four underage Hispanic men from Eagle and Gypsum were arrested for their suspected role in more than three dozen thefts from cars and trucks throughout the county in the last month.
The investigation was conducted by the Avon, Eagle and Vail police departments and the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.
Rivera Gaeta and Varela Chavez are being held in Eagle County Detention Facility on $50,000 bonds, and the juveniles were booked and later released to their parents. All six were charged with multiple counts of first-degree criminal trespass, theft, theft by receiving and criminal mischief.
In the last six weeks, the group is believed to have been involved in nearly 40 break-ins in both Eagle and Garfield counties. A press release from the Sheriff’s Office said cars and trucks were broken into during mostly late night hours in parking lots for apartment complexes, hotels, movie theaters, hospitals, residential areas, and park and rides.
Stolen property included skis, snowboards, iPods, clothes, purses, credit cards, GPS devices, car stereos, phones and auto parts, the release said. The suspects were interviewed and admitted to involvement in most of the crimes. Several stolen items were recovered over night at suspect’s homes by law enforcement. The recovered items will be photographed and returned to the crime victims, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The release said the suspects took stolen credit cards to Target in Glenwood Springs, Wal-Mart in Avon, and other locations and purchased items such as perfume, phone cards, and iPods. Some of these items were also recovered. Video surveillance cameras at some locations are being viewed by law enforcement to identify suspects involved.
U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement is looking into the immigration status of the suspects and detainers may be placed on the suspects.
Police and deputies ask that anyone with information concerning these crimes or other crimes is asked to call their local law enforcement agency or remain anonymous by calling Eagle County Crime Stoppers at (970) 328-7007.