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Eight suspects arrested in two related crime sprees

Released on Thursday, February 28, 2019
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Fort Collins Police have arrested eight people and need the public’s help identifying two suspects in a series of credit card thefts.

Since Fall 2018, law enforcement agencies from the Denver metro area all the way to Wyoming have been investigating reports of vehicle break-ins in parks and natural areas. Suspects used forced entry to access the interior compartments of vehicles, often breaking windows or door locks. The most commonly stolen items included purses, wallets, and bags. The suspects used stolen financial devices (credit cards, debit cards, checks) immediately after the thefts, typically to purchase high-value electronics and gift cards from local retail stores. Police recently arrested six people for their involvement in these incidents:

  • Marco Eduardo Pena-Otarola (DOB 08/22/86)
  • Cesar Marcos Jacobo Pena-Castro (DOB 07/14/81)
  • Francisco Javier Moreno-Diaz (DOB 10/21/95)
  • Rodrigo Antonio Beroiza-Placencia (DOB 03/02/83)
  • Guillermo Antonio Rivera-Seura (DOB 02/03/94)
  • Ornella Andrea Fuentealba-Mancilla (DOB 01/03/00)

These suspects face multiple counts of Money Laundering (class 3 felony), Identity Theft (class 4 felony), Theft (class 6 felony), First Degree Criminal Trespassing (class 5 felony), and Criminal Mischief (class 2 misdemeanor).

Fort Collins detectives also investigated a recent series of thefts where suspects stole credit cards directly from victims dining in local restaurants. In these cases, suspects also used the credit cards shortly after the thefts, typically to purchase high-value electronics and gift cards from local retail stores. Three people have been arrested for these crimes (including one female also involved in the natural area break-ins):

  • Mircko Joshua Arnechino-Carvajal (DOB 12/11/97)
  • Michelle Esperanza Rodriguez-Alcaino (DOB 05/02/99)
  • Ornella Andrea Fuentealba-Mancilla (DOB 01/03/00)

These suspects face multiple counts of Identity Theft (class 4 felony), Theft (class 5 felony), Unauthorized Use of a Financial Transaction Device (class 5 felony), and Money Laundering (class 3 felony). Officers still need the community’s help identifying two additional suspects (see attached photos).

"A lot of collaborative work went into solving these cases plaguing our community," said FCPS Chief Jeff Swoboda. "I want to commend our Property Crimes Unit and loss prevention partners at local businesses. Thanks to their combined efforts, Fort Collins is a safer place."

Booking photos are attached courtesy of the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with additional information about these incidents or suspects should contact the Fort Collins Police Property Crime Unit at 970-416-2275. People may also contact Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at 970-221-6868 or www.stopcriminals.org.

All charges are simply an accusation by law enforcement officers, and all arrested parties must be presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

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