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DCSO Deputies Arrest Three Suspected Car Thieves in Just Over 24 Hours

DCSO Deputies Arrest Three Suspected Car Thieves in Just Over 24 Hours

(Douglas County) On Sunday morning (12/10/23), just after midnight, patrol deputies were alerted to a license plate that had been stolen off a truck two weeks ago. A patrol deputy found the vehicle parked in the lot of an apartment complex near S. Inverness Parkway and S. Valley Highway. The vehicle was occupied by two males. The deputy watched the vehicle from a distance as he waited for backup units to arrive. While he waited, the two men exited the vehicle and walked through the parking lot. Cover deputies arrived on scene and detained the two men without incident. The driver was identified as Fredy Luna-Terrazas, of Denver. He had the key fob to the truck in his pocket. Deputies cleared the VIN of the pickup truck, and it came back as a stolen vehicle out of Denver. He also had a felony warrant for dangerous drugs for $20,000.

Early Monday morning (12/11/23), at 12:23 a.m., a patrol deputy was notified by dispatch that a stolen Nissan Pathfinder was in the area of State Highway 83 and Castle Oaks Drive. The vehicle was associated with an active burglary case out of another jurisdiction. The alert deputy spotted the vehicle, initiated a traffic, and got the driver to pull over. The driver identified herself as Melissa Parada, from Aurora. She did not have a valid driver’s license at the time of the stop. She was arrested for investigation of motor vehicle theft and two outstanding warrants.

Less than an hour later, at 1:18 a.m., officers with the Parker Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle on Parker Road at Stroh Road but disengaged per department policy when the vehicle fled and continued southbound on Parker Road. The Parker Police Department informed Douglas County Regional Dispatch of a stolen vehicle that they were following southbound on Parker Rd at Hess Road in Parker. The vehicle was a 2010 Nissan Rogue that was reported stolen out of Colorado Springs. Officers with the Parker Police Department attempted to stop the vehicle on Parker Road at Stroh Road, but the vehicle eluded their officers and continued southbound on Parker Road. #DCSO deputies were already in the area from the previous stolen vehicle and spotted the Nissan Rogue in a parking lot near Highway 83 and Highway 86. The vehicle pulled onto southbound Highway 83 (going southbound in the northbound lanes) and accelerated to speeds of over 100 miles per hour. Deputies did not attempt to stop the vehicle at that time but kept an eye on it from a distance. Deputies were able to use stop sticks, and after a short pursuit, the vehicle crashed through a fence, became airborne, and crashed into a concrete base of a gas pump at a gas station. The female driver, later identified as Savanna Scott Cook, of Aurora, got out and tried to run, but gave up and complied with commands to get on the ground. Deputies found suspected fentanyl and methamphetamines in the vehicle. Cook was arrested for investigation of 2nd Degree Motor Vehicle Theft, Vehicular Eluding, Criminal Mischief, Obstructing a Peace Officer, Unlawful Possession of a controlled Substance. The passenger, Arthur Isaac Sandoval, was taken into custody as well on charges of Violation of a Protection Order and Obstructing a Peace officer.

Douglas County Sheriff Darren Weekly said, “Our dedicated deputies work tirelessly around the clock to protect the residents of Douglas County from criminals. Their safety is our priority. These arrests should send a clear message to car thieves that they will be tracked down if they come to Douglas County.”