Denver’s “Sopranos” indicted on auto theft, weapons and drug charges

A group of 11 people who called themselves “The Sopranos” have been indicted in series of alleged crimes involving vehicle thefts, weapons and drugs.

The Denver District Attorney’s Office announced Friday that a grand jury handed down 91 counts against the group for crimes allegedly committed between Feb. 19 and Sept. 29. The 11 are accused of stealing “more than $950,000 in motor vehicles, firearms, tools, financial transaction devices and other items to maintain their lifestyles and support their drug habits,” according to a news release.

The DA’s office said group members would work in pairs to steal vehicles, particularly Kias and Hyundais, and unattended vehicles that were left running. Members also are accused of using credit cards left inside the vehicles to make quick purchases, according the indictment.

The 11 individuals allegedly worked as an enterprise, the DA’s office said, sharing methods on stealing vehicles and using social media to arrange crimes, sell alleged stolen goods, livestream their illegal activities and to boast about “their individual prowess at automotive thievery.”

Among the 91 counts the group faces: violating Colorado’s Organized Crime Control Act, first-degree conspiracy to commit aggravated motor vehicle theft, 37 counts of aggravated motor vehicle theft, 20 counts of identity theft, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, and possession with intent to manufacture or distribute a controlled substance, all felonies.

The crimes, prosecutors alleged, were committed to fuel the group’s drug addictions.

The Denver, Arvada and Lakewood police departments and the Colorado Metro Auto Theft Task Force were involved in the investigation.

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