BOULDER, Colo. - Police across the Denver metro area are investigating a theft ring believed to be responsible for about $100,000 in thefts.
The culprits are believed to be involved in three cases in Boulder and more than 50 cases in other jurisdictions, including the Denver metro area, according to Kim Kobel with the Boulder Police Department.
Investigators said they believe at least two men involved in the ring forcibly enter victims' vehicles by breaking windows and then stealing purses and wallets, which were left in clearly visible areas of the cars. Then two women deposit and cash the victim’s checks using the stolen IDs and often use wigs and other disguises when dealing with banks.
Police said the two women are using newer-model SUVs to make deposits using the stolen info at drive-up bank windows. Some of the vehicles used include a new, mint-green Ford Explorer with tinted windows; a white SUV and a black Infinity SUV -- all believed to be rented vehicles with temporary tags.
Sgt. Andy Coleman with the Parker Police Department told 7NEWS that they are investigating 12 cases involving the same suspects.
He said the thieves have targeted vehicles in the parking lots of at least two businesses on Parker Road: Lifetime Fitness and Parker Adventist Hospital.
"It's pretty fair to say it's somewhat organized. These people know what they're doing and it's going to take multiple agencies, possibly task force to figure out who these people are," Coleman said.
7NEWS has learned that similar investigations involving the same suspects are being conducted in Littleton and Westminster as well as by sheriff's deputies in Arapahoe and Jefferson counties.
Officers are asking the public for help in identifying the two women -- who where caught on bank surveillance photos. It is possible that the people in the photos are wearing wigs or are otherwise disguised.
Law enforcement officials are reminding residents to lock their vehicle doors and to remember to take valuable items, such as purses and wallets, with them when leaving vehicles unattended.
During the past two weeks, the suspects have trespassed vehicles and stolen IDs every single day somewhere in the Denver metro area, authorities said.
Anyone with information about the crimes or the suspects is asked to call the Boulder Police Department at 303-441-3333 or to send an email to BouldersMostWanted@bouldercolorado.gov.
Those who have information, but wish to remain anonymous, may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477) or 800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com.
Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.