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Suspect arrested for 2020 crime spree 

Released on Monday, March 28, 2022
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  • Public Information Office, Fort Collins Police Services, 970-818-8950, fcpsmedia@fcgov.com

A man has been arrested and faces 25 charges related to a multi-day crime spree.

In December 2020, the suspect spent four days in Fort Collins stealing cars, breaking into vehicles, burglarizing properties, and committing other crimes. One of the stolen vehicles was recovered in Fort Collins shortly after the spree, and officers processed it for evidence. Several weeks later, another one of the stolen vehicles was recovered in Commerce City. After examining critical evidence from both cars and following up on related leads, in April 2021, detectives identified Pedro Ortiz, 42, of Aurora as the suspect.

After additional investigation, Ortiz was located and arrested in March 2022. He was booked into the Larimer County Jail and was issued a $10,000 cash/surety bond. He faces the following charges:

  • First Degree Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft ($20,000-$100,000) – 2 counts (class 4 felony)
  • First Degree Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft (Less than $20,000) – 3 counts (class 5 felony)
  • Second Degree Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft (Less than $20,000) (class 6 felony) **
  • Second Degree Burglary – 2 counts (class 4 felony)
  • Vehicular Eluding (class 5 felony)
  • Theft ($5,000-$20,000) – 2 counts (class 5 felony) **
  • Theft ($2,000-$5,000) – 2 counts (class 6 felony) **
  • Theft ($300-$750) (class 2 misdemeanor) **
  • First Degree Criminal Trespass – 6 counts (class 5 felony) **
  • Attempted First Degree Criminal Trespass (class 6 felony) **
  • Criminal Mischief ($300-$750) – 2 counts (class 2 misdemeanor) **
  • Criminal Mischief (<$300) – 2 counts (class 3 misdemeanor) **

“This case came together thanks to the diligent forensic evidence collection by Crime Scene Investigators and extensive follow-up investigation by detectives,” said Assistant Chief Tim Doran. “We do this work every day because we care about serving victims. I’m grateful that the suspect will be held accountable for the harm he caused in our community.”

Anyone with information about this suspect or crime series may contact Detective David Lindsay at 970-416-2017. All charges are simply an accusation by law enforcement officers, and all parties must be presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

** Note: Colorado Senate Bill 21-271 took effect on March 1, 2022. This bill reduced certain misdemeanor and felony crime classifications and reformed sentencing provisions. However, since the crimes in this case were perpetrated prior to the legislative changes, the charges reflect statutes violated at the time of the incidents. For more information about SB21-271, visit https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb21-271