(CBS4) – Kevin Chavez was arrested Wednesday on 22 crime charges – and investigators say it was his ex-wife who reported him. The Weld County Sheriff’s Office says Chavez, 29, was responsible for the theft and modification of hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen vehicles.
Chavez’s ex-wife contacted the Criminal Impact Unit in January. She told investigators that she and Chavez recently went to a divorce court, but because Chavez had no verifiable income, she was not paid alimony to look after her children.
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The ex-wife confided to investigators that she knew Chavez had illegally made six digits.
The WCSO’s “Strike Team” investigators threw themselves on the same day and recovered vehicles valued at US $ 200,000 that had been reported stolen from Wyoming, South Dakota and New Mexico except here in Colorado.
Even more – two pickup trucks and three ATVs valued at an additional $ 100,000 – were discovered just last week, investigators told CBS4.
Chavez turned himself in on Wednesday, allegedly admitting shared responsibility for the operation. The authorities are still looking for other contributors to the system.
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A reward was offered for clues leading to further arrests in the case.
Meanwhile, Chavez has faced 11 grave vehicle thefts, seven chop shop activities, four thefts and one vehicle escape – the latter for escaping from MPs at high speed in a stolen vehicle in February .
On Thursday afternoon, a criminal court ruled Chavez’s bond issue at $ 7,500.
Anyone with additional information about Chavez and his criminal activities is encouraged to call the Weld County’s Criminal Impact Unit at (970) 304-6464 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at http://www.crimeshurt.com. Those who submit tips through Crime Stoppers that result in the arrest and prosecution of one or more suspects may be eligible for a monetary award.
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