GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KREX) — On June 2, 2022, In cooperation with the Colorado National Monument, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office apprehended two suspects in connection with a series of car break-ins at area trailheads.

The deputies were dispatched to help a Monument Ranger who was dealing with a traffic stop on the National Monument. Piero Boris Moras Sanchez, 30, of New York, and Armando Roman Vasquez, 28, of New York, were found in the vehicle.

Deputies seized stolen property from a car break-in during the stop and reported the incident to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office property crimes investigative section.

Investigators believe the two are responsible for breaking into locked vehicles and disconnecting alarm systems at the Independence Monument trailhead, Liberty Cap Trailhead, Coke Ovens viewpoint, and Chipeta Golf Course. The two individuals matched the individuals seen on surveillance footage using stolen credit cards from nearby shops in recent thefts. In the investigation, Roman Vasquez, and Moras Sanchez are thought to be connected to four active cases of auto theft.

The following charges have been filed against Roman Vasquez and Moras Sanchez:

  •  Two counts of Theft from Motor Vehicle PO1     

  •  Two counts First Degree Criminal Trespass of Auto F5   

  •  Two counts of 2nd Deg Crim Trespass of MotorVeh – M2  

  •  Fraud ID Theft Possesses Info W/O Permission F5   

  •  Two counts of Fraud ID Theft With Intent to Defraud F4  

  •  Two counts of Fraud ID Theft Uses info to Obtain F4  

  •  Two counts of Theft $750 – $2000 – M1  

  •  Two counts of Theft of $300 – $750 M2    

•  Theft $1000-$2000 from MotorVeh – M1   

  •  Theft $2000 – $5000 F6   

  •  Criminal Mischief – Less than $300 – M3

  •  Criminal Mischief – M2

  •  Unauthorized Use of Financial Transaction Device F6  

•  ID Theft – Possession W/ intent to use – M2  

  •  Criminal Attempt – PO1

Moras Sanchez was also arrested on an outstanding warrant from Alabama for similar crimes

Before you hit the tails, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office wants to urge you to leave all valuables at home. Thieves are increasingly targeting parked cars near trailheads. Despite the fact that deputies and rangers will continue to police these locations and attempt to apprehend those involved, the public is advised to take the following precaution:

    •  Leave all valuables at home or take them with you on the trail 

    •  Lock your car  

   •  See something suspicious? Call 911

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