79 count indictment handed down against 12 people in phone theft ring case

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - An El Paso County grand jury has indicted 12 people as part of a phone theft ring investigation spanning two states. 

The 79 count indictment alleges that a dozen people, including two juveniles, worked together to break into 25 cell phone stores in Colorado and New Mexico. The indictment says the phones were then resold to unsuspecting customers.

11 of the 12 people named in the indictment are from Colorado Springs. One is from Fort Collins.

The adults named in the indictment were identified by Colorado Springs Police as Carlos Trejo, 31, Halat Gozeh, 21, Erric Carolina, 35, Antivius Crowder, 23, Isaiah Pickett, 21, Dominic Daniels, 22, Demetrius Jefferson, 24, Elyce Schmidt, 21, Cameron Sprenger, 22, and Devante Hunter, 25.

All 12 face charges of violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, burglary, theft, criminal mischief, money laundering and computer crimes. They are being held at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center on bonds ranging from $50,000 to $500,000.


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