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Beth McCann

District Attorney

Second Judical District

201 W, Colfax Ave, Dept. 801
Denver, CO 80202

720-913-2000
Beth.McCann@denverda.org

News Release

June 15, 2018 Contact: Ken Lane, 720-913-9025

Three Men Sentenced to Prison for Auto Theft/ID Theft Criminal Enterprise (Ferris, Goetsch, Rodgers)

NEWS RELEASE

June 15, 2018

Contact: Ken Lane, 720-913-9025

 

3 RINGLEADERS IN MOTOR VEHICLE/BURGLARY/IDENTITY THEFT CRIMINAL OPERATION ARE SENTENCED TO PRISON

 

Three of the five alleged ringleaders of the criminal enterprise involving stolen motor vehicles and other property, destruction of property, identity theft and other criminal activity have pleaded guilty and sentenced to prison.

 

Noah Ferris (dob: 06/26/1995) and Jordan Goetsch (dob: 04/09/1997) each pleaded guilty in May to the main charge of violation of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act-COCCA (F2), and to one count of ID theft (F4).  Ferris was sentenced yesterday to 16 years in prison for the COCCA conviction and to 12 years in prison for the ID theft conviction, the sentences to run concurrently.  Goetsch was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison on each of the two convictions, the sentences to run concurrently.

 

Michael Rodgers (dob: 02/25/1992) pleaded guilty in April to the main charge of violation of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act-COCCA (F2), and to one count of ID theft (F4) and was immediately sentenced to 10 years in prison for the COCCA conviction and to 6 years in prison for the ID theft conviction, the sentences to run concurrently.

 

The three and other alleged ringleaders Pablo Bleacher (dob: 10/16/1993) and Jory Ingram (dob: 02/25/1996) were indicted by a Denver Grand Jury in October 2017 and each charged with one count of violation of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act-COCCA (F2).  They and 14 co-defendants were additionally variously charged with other felonies, including aggravated motor vehicle theft (F4, F5, F6), second degree burglary (F3, F4), and identity theft (F3, F4).

 

The indictment was the result of a months-long investigation and collaboration by and between the Denver District Attorney’s Economic Crime Unit, Denver Police Department, and the Metro Auto Theft Task Force.

 

The indictment alleged that from at least between November 2015 and July 2017, with various members joining at various times, members of the criminal enterprise and associates stole numerous motor vehicles and other property while committing garage burglaries, motor vehicle trespasses, identity theft, and other thefts; and that members of the enterprise shared money, proceeds from the sale of stolen property, stolen property, stolen identification documents, stolen financial transaction devices, stolen automobiles, transportation, controlled substances, food, clothing, and living quarters to accomplish the enterprise’s goals.

 

The indictment alleged that members of the enterprise obtained the stolen property primarily through burglarizing secured residential parking garages attached to apartment, condominium and business complexes located primarily in the Downtown Denver, LoDo, LoHi, and RiNo areas of Denver, often using stolen motor vehicles to facilitate those burglaries. Enterprise members and associates allegedly circumvented building/garage security measures by several methods, including, but not limited to, following a tenant’s vehicle into the garage, either on foot or in a stolen motor vehicle; breaking entry into residential complexes by forcing open lobby doors; ramming stolen cars through garage entry and exit control arms and gates; operating stolen garage door openers; and using public entrances during regular business hours.  Once inside a secured garage area, enterprise members rapidly went through the garage and checked vehicle doors to determine if the doors were unlocked, and steal property from the vehicles.  If a key was located inside the vehicle, the enterprise members would then steal that vehicle.  This process was known and described by enterprise members as “car-hopping.”

 

Ingram is scheduled to appear in court on June 28 for a disposition hearing.

 

Bleacher is scheduled to appear in court on August 23 for arraignment.

 

 

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The filing of a criminal charge is merely a formal accusation that an individual(s) committed a crime(s) under Colorado laws.  A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.     See Colo. RPC 3.6