Crime Spree Comes To An End In Southern Colorado

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email

The Pueblo Police Department is relieved to finally have 12 people behind bars. All are accused of committing crime sprees across Southern Colorado.

Two of the ring leaders were caught in Aurora over the weekend.

Police say the case was a big deal because it was so widespread.

Crimes were happening in Pueblo, Fountain and Colorado Springs.

Police say the two ring leaders had a total of 18 outstanding arrest warrants against them worth more than 2.5 Million dollars.

The ring leaders were 31 year old Brandon Gonzales and 22 year old Danielle Soffa.

They were arrested in Aurora stringing from an array of crimes that have been happening since October.

Detective Shelly Taylor has been working the case non-stop, since.

Taylor says, "They never took a break and therefore we couldn't take a break either."

Taylor says, 12 people total were arrested and charged with various crimes such as, auto theft, identity theft, burglary and car break ins.

Earnie Sisneros owns Fairway Inn Lounge in Pueblo.

He says, he was almost one of hundreds of victims.

Instead, police say, he helped break open the crime ring by making one of the suspects look directly into one of his surveillance cameras.

Sisneros originally thought the man was suspicious when he tried to use a personal check. Sisneros called the phone number on the check and the owner of the check told him that her checks had been stolen two days earlier.

Sisneros describes, "There's cameras in the front cameras in the back."

Taylor says, "We were learning that it was kind of a pyramid with Danielle Soffa and Brandon Gonzales on top."

There were 13 suspects total accused of stealing more than $100,000 in property and money.

Taylor goes on to say, "13 suspects is a lot but the crimes they were committing were extensive."

But why were these suspects on a stealing rampage.

Detective Taylor says, based on interviews with the suspects, "It sounds like it was an adrenaline rush."

Police say, there's only one more suspect out there but they expect to have that person behind bars by the end of the week.

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