13 people have been charged after allegedly stealing cars from the Denver Metro Airport

BRIGHTON, Colo. — Thirteen people have been charged with more than 120 counts after allegedly stealing vehicles from Denver International Airport, Adams County and the Denver metro area.

The charges include burglary, aggravated theft of a motor vehicle, theft and violations of the Colorado Organized Crime Act, according to the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

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The Colorado Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force (CATPA) had been following a group of suspects for more than a year prior to this indictment. Between February 2022 and March 2023, the individuals allegedly stole vehicles from various locations, including the DIA, and used the cars to “shatter the facades of businesses,” the district attorney’s office said. The suspects then placed straps around the ATMs inside and pulled them out, the district attorney’s office said. In other cases, the suspects are said to be shoplifters who sell vaping products.

The group mostly targeted Ford F-150 Raptors, the district attorney’s office said, but also stole Jeep Grand Cherokees, Dodge Challengers and Dodge Chargers. They were able to use a key fob reprogramming tool to steal the vehicles and would disable the vehicle’s GPS tracking system, the district attorney’s office said. The vehicles were sometimes sold, sometimes disassembled for parts, according to the indictment.

In total, the group allegedly stole 59 vehicles and attempted or committed 31 burglaries in Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Boulder, Denver, Jefferson County and Logan counties.

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According to the indictment, the group helped each other evade the police. This sometimes involved firing a gun to distract the police from stealing a vehicle. Police often found weapons in the stolen cars, the document said.

The accused and their current status are identified as:

  • David Nava Delgado: In custody
  • Carlos Nava Delgado: In custody
  • Jorge Cadena Lujan: In custody
  • Stephanie Reza Ramos: In custody
  • Rene Ruiz Ochoa: In custody
  • Cesar Poblano Hernandez: In custody
  • Brian Valladares: In custody
  • Rodrigo Perez-Gonzalez: In custody
  • Hector Escalera Hernandez: In custody in Mexico
  • Mark Morales Cisneros: On the loose
  • Cruz Cordova: On the loose
  • Jose Merino Ramos: At large
  • Alejandro Silva-Vazquez: At large in Mexico

Multiple agencies were involved in this investigation, including CATPA and its Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force, and the Colorado State Auto Theft Intelligence Coordinating Center (ATICC) and Beat Auto Theft Through Law Enforcement (BATTLE).
The indictment was signed Sept. 29 by Judge Donald Quick of the 17th Judicial District.

For years, Denver7 has been sharing stories with the community about their stolen vehicles from DIA. Nearly 400 vehicles were reported stolen from DIA parking lots between Jan. 1 and July 31, 2023, according to the DIA.

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In late August, the airport, in partnership with the Denver Police Department, announced new measures to address car and catalytic converter theft in airport parking lots, which include more than 40,000 public spaces.

This included increased patrols, HALO cameras, stolen vehicle alerts, the DenverTrack program, free catalytic converter etching and protection kits and free steering lock distributions.

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