A 19-year-old suspected of stealing someone’s cancer medications, a dozen credit cards and multiple ID cards late this past year has returned to jail on new theft charges.
About 11 p.m. Feb. 15, a man reported his 2020 Kia Rio stolen from the parking lot of a McDonald’s, at 2440 8th Ave. The man left the car running and unlocked when he went inside and came out to find the car missing. He reported a phone, a vape pen and about $80 of marijuana were inside the car.
About 2:20 p.m. the next day, a woman reported a truck with three people inside were in her parking space in the 1100 block of 26th Avenue. She later told police Abel Gutierrez, 19, drove off in the truck prior to police arriving. She contacted police when Gutierrez returned, about 6 p.m., again in her parking space.
On arrival, police found the truck was reported stolen out of Longmont. They also found the stolen Kia Rio. Officers tried contacting Gutierrez inside his apartment in the 1100 block of 26th Avenue. Records indicate he attempted hiding in the apartment before giving himself up about 30 minutes later.
Police obtained and executed a search warrant on the apartment, finding a set of keys for the stolen truck and the phone that was inside the stolen Kia Rio.
Records show Gutierrez denied stealing the Kia Rio, telling police to check the surveillance video from McDonald’s. Police noted they had yet to mention where the car was stolen. While being booked into the Weld County Jail, Gutierrez told a deputy he was smoking fentanyl pills prior to the arrest, according to records.
Gutierrez has racked up a dozen ongoing criminal cases in Weld District Court and was out on bond at the time of his February arrest. In one case, he’s accused of stealing several items from a Greeley woman’s vehicle in early December, including a medical bag containing leukemia medications for the woman’s daughter. The bag was found a few blocks away from the victim’s home late the following night, but the medications were still missing.
“The defendant has shown that even after being contacted and arrested by law enforcement, his criminal activity continues once released from jail,” police wrote in arrest records.
Gutierrez’s next court date is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. March 1