Arrests made after moms dropping off children at day care centers targeted for vehicle thefts

Duo arrested Wednesday night

LONGMONT, Colo. - Police have arrested two suspects accused of breaking into cars while they were temporarily parked outside day care centers north of Denver.

The crimes have been reported in Longmont and communities surrounding Longmont, including Lafayette, Broomfield, Brighton, Thornton, Evans, Loveland and Greeley. 

Longmont police asked the public to be on the lookout for Christopher Ureste, who has 10 warrants with a total bond of $161,000 and  Bianca Montiel, who has five warrants with a total bond of $11,800 and two no bond warrants, police said.  

A viewer, who works at the Best Western Hotel  at Highway 7 and Highway 85 in Brighton, saw their pictures on television and called Brighton Police Wednesday evening.   The two were arrested at the hotel without incident.  Police said they also recovered stolen property connecting them to crimes and others.

Earlier, police said the suspects wait in the parking lot of a day-care center during the early-morning when the parents are rushing to drop off their children.  When the parents escort their child into the building, the suspects entered the unlocked car and steal the mother's purse.  They left within moments and began using the credit cards at area retail outlets.  They had  accumulated thousands of dollars in fraudulent purchases with these stolen credit cards, police said Wednesday afternoon.

They have even entered a vehicle while a younger child remained in the car as their sibling was escorted into the building, according to police.  

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