LONGMONT, Colo. — Two suspected thieves accused of preying on mothers and fathers while they drop their children off at daycare were arrested Wednesday night.
Longmont Police spokesman Cmdr. Jeff Satur says that was after an alert hotel employee saw the story on FOX31 Denver News and then went to KDVR.com to look at the information.
Satur says the hotel employee recognized the suspects at the Best Western at Highway 7 and Highway 85 in Brighton. The employee called police and Brighton Police arrested the two suspects.
The duo, a man and a woman, wait for the parent to rush their child inside and in those moments they steal purses and credit cards out of unlocked cars, police said.
The cards are then immediately used at retail stores. Thousands of dollars in fraudulent purchases have been recorded with these credit cards, police said.
The suspects have operated in Lafayette, Broomfield, Brighton, Thornton, Evans, Loveland and Greeley, said Cmdr. Jeffrey Satur of the Longmont Police Department.
In Longmont, police said they have six theft cases that match this MO.
Detectives have identified two suspects: Christopher Ureste (who also goes by the name Danny Montiel) and Bianca Montiel (who also goes by the name Destiny Lucero), Satur said.
Ureste has a total of 10 warrants, nine of which are felonies, with a total bond of $161,000. Montiel is wanted on five different warrants, four of which are felonies.