Drug, gun and car theft ring indicted by a Colorado Grand Jury

3 of the 4 suspects are in custody

DENVER - Four people suspected of running a crime ring that dealt in stolen cars, guns and drugs were indicted by a Colorado Grand Jury.

Three of the four suspects are in police custody, according to the office of Attorney General John Suthers.

Robert Muniz, 58, was identified as the organization's "shot caller" in Suthers' announcement. He is in custody along with Anthony Balderrama, 20, and Victor Vialpando, 41.

Lindsay Rae Garry, 24, is still wanted.

Carolyn Tyler, spokeswoman for the Attorney General, said the case began in September of 2012 when employees of an Arby's in Commerce City found an abandoned Honda in their parking lot and saw a minivan speed away. Police attached a tracking device to the Honda, which ultimately led them to arrest Balderrama.

Balderrama spoke to police about the crime ring, Tyler said

Later in the investigation, police found several stolen vehicles at Muniz's home at 5545 Pecos Street in Adams County. His fenced-in property had more than 20 vehicles on it and security cameras that covered the exterior.

Inside, Tyler said, police found drugs, scales and more than 30 firearms.

"It became clear that the ring operated out of Muniz’s house and that it had established its own currency of stolen vehicles and guns to exchange for meth and narcotics," Tyler wrote.

The indictment includes 35 counts that apply to one or more of the four suspects. Some examples include theft by receiving, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, aggravated motor vehicle theft and distribution of a controlled substance.

The case is being prosecuted in Adams County Court.

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