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Two women who authorities say may be linked to at least 10 car break-ins in Castle Rock and surrounding areas were arrested by Castle Rock police on Feb. 8 after witnesses reported the suspects were attempting to break into a vehicle early that morning.
Crystal Moore, 20, and Victoria Ovando-Reyes, 26, both of Aurora, are charged with aggravated motor vehicle theft, criminal trespass, theft and conspiracy.
According to witness accounts detailed in a news release, Moore and Ovando-Reyes attempted to break into a vehicle in the Crystal Valley subdivision about 8:46 a.m. on Feb. 8.
They drove away from the scene but were followed by another witness, who observed them lose control of their car near the 1300 block of West Plum Creek Parkway, police said.
Authorities said the suspects then fled on foot and were picked up by a motorist on Plum Creek Parkway, when another witness saw them get into the vehicle and alerted police.
Officers were then able to locate the vehicle and arrest Moore and Ovando-Reyes. Each was booked at the Douglas County Detention Center. Both remained in custody as of Feb. 9. Moore is being held on no bond for her outstanding warrants. Bond was set at $5,250 for her new charges, according to the jail's online inmate database. Ovando-Reyes is being held on a $2,500 bond.
Moore, who allegedly drove the suspects' car, was also charged with reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, driving on a revoked license and possession of a Schedule II narcotic. She had two warrants for her arrest from other agencies.
Police determined the car allegedly crashed by Moore and Ovando-Reyes was stolen and displaying stolen plates. Inside they found evidence tied to at least 10 car break-ins.
Investigators believe there could have been additional break-ins and are asking residents to check their cars and call the Castle Rock Police Department at 303-663-6100 if they believe they've been victimized.
Police say new technology aided officers in making the arrests. Officers used fingerprint scanners to identify Moore and Reyes while still on-scene and were able to communicate with a victim and witness using a live-audio interpreter on their phones.
The scanners are similar in appearance to a cell phone, each unit costing approximately $1,700. Once a person's fingerprint is scanned, they connect to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and FBI's fingerprint databases. If there's a match, that information is sent to an officer's in-car computer.
"This is extremely useful when someone is giving our officers a false identity," said Castle Rock Police Department spokesman Joe Cybert in an email response. "It saves a significant amount of time spent in the field and ensures the proper person is charged."
Castle Rock Police Chief Jack Cauley also commended the use of technology in the arrest, and the help from the public.
“This was an excellent example of collaboration between members of our community and our police officers,” Cauley said. “The officers were able to locate the suspects within minutes of the 911 calls coming into our dispatch center.”
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