Grand jury indicts two on 53 felony charges for car theft scheme

Published on July 15, 2022

GREELEY, Colo. (Weld County D.A.) – The Weld County Statutory Grand Jury issued an indictment last week against two people accused of stealing cars from several auto dealerships in Weld and Larimer Counties in 2021.

Amanda Johnson and Jose Luis Pizarro are both charged with more than 50 felony charges related to the auto theft scheme, including one count each of Violation of Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA.)

Investigators believe the defendants would use fake driver’s licenses to “test drive” vehicles at car dealerships in northern Colorado and then never return the vehicles. They stole eight vehicles totaling nearly $180K.

A Weld County judge has set a $250,000 bond for both defendants. Johnson is scheduled to appear in court on August 17 at 2:30 p.m. in Division 12. A court date has been set for Pizarro in Division 12 at 1:30 p.m. on August 31.

Several agencies, including the Greeley and Loveland Police Departments, and Weld and Larimer County Sheriff’s Offices assisted in this investigation. 

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