Three people were arrested within less than 90 minutes of a burglary in Pueblo County Saturday afternoon. The trio is also believed to be connected to a string of daytime burglaries.
Deputies say the case began at approximately 5:25 Saturday afternoon when someone noticed a strange vehicle outside of a relative’s home on the 100 block of N. Bumgardner Rd. in Pueblo West. The car was reported to 911 and described it as a gold colored Ford Fusion with dark tinted windows and a Mercado Motors license plate frame.
After the car left, the relative went to the front door and found it had been forced open. The owner of the home arrived and told deputies a brown jewelry box and some jewelry was missing.
Deputies say they quickly discovered the vehicle was listed as belonging to Jozette Marrujo, 22, and Derek Valdez, 24, of Pueblo. They add that the same car was also a vehicle of interest in several other daytime burglaries in the area.
The Narcotic’s Units of the County Sheriff’s Office and the Pueblo Police Department worked together to search for the vehicle and eventually saw it arrive at an address in the 1600 block of W. 19th St. There, Valdez and Marrujo were taken into custody along with Kayla Saldana, 21. Those arrests were made at approximately 6:50 p.m.
Inside the car, in plain view, was the brown jewelry box which was reported missing from the Bumgardner address.
The vehicle was taken as evidence and all three suspects were charged with burglary.
Saldana was also a suspect in providing false information to a pawn broker and theft by receiving. Those charges helped give deputies the lead for the vehicle in this case. She was also charged for those offenses.
When deputies searched the home on W 19th, several items from the other recent burglaries were found. Another search at a home on W. 11th St. led to the discovery of other stolen items.