Four juveniles arrested in Lakewood, Colorado may have set an all-time Colorado record high for the most stolen cars in a single day.
The Denver News Blog reports that the Lakewood Police Department transported the juveniles to a detention facility. While being placed in custody, one of the juveniles asked if they had "set a record for the most stolen cars in a day."
The names of the four juveniles arrested in the case were not released.
The police have forwarded to the Jefferson County Regional Auto Theft Task Force (JCRATT) for additional investigation.
Investigators are trying to determine if thefts were isolated incidents or part of a broader operation.
On 11-29-09, shortly after 4:00 am, Lakewood police agents were responding to investigate a possible motor vehicle theft in progress. Several other vehicles in the parking lot or near the original call were found to have been broken into.
The victim, who called police, described the Dodge pickup that was stolen and told dispatchers that a red Jeep was in the "middle of the street" during the theft, police said.
The four juvies managed to swipe five cars before being busted, according to Lakewood police. However, nothing in the police reports indicates their motivation.
The series of car burglaries and a car theft are crimes that come with heavy charges. The district attorney's office could decide to treat the juveniles suspects allegedly involved in a stolen car ring as adults. But no decision has been made yet.
The four juveniles now face charges of aggravated motor vehicle theft, theft by receiving, conspiracy to commit a felony and may face additional charges.
- Teen suspect in Lakewood asked about record for car thefts (Denver Post)
- Classifications of Crimes (provided by Blumberg & Associates, P.C.)
- Criminal Defense Overiview (provided by Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A.)