Brighton police have arrested two men in connection with several trespasses to local vehicles and a motor vehicle theft.
At about 8:50 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, officers were dispatched to Brighton Pavilions, 250 Pavilions Place, after a citizen reported seeing two men break into a blue GMC Yukon parked at that location. The citizen reported the two suspects first appeared to open the vehicle doors, then broke out the rear passenger-side window.
When police arrived, the reporting party told officers the suspects had attempted to enter a second vehicle at the location, then left the area in a gold-colored Toyota Camry with a temporary license tag when several citizens confronted them and asked what they were doing.
A short time later, a Brighton officer located a Toyota Camry which matched the description of the suspect vehicle in the parking lot of Walmart, 60 W. Bromley Lane, and made contact with one of the occupants; the second male was later seen inside the store, and was arrested after attempting to leave in a vehicle which pulled up to the entrance of the store and picked him up. During the course of their investigation, officers were able to determine that one of the suspects had arrived at Walmart in a white Ford F-250 pickup which had been reported stolen from Louisville.
31-year-old Mike Anthony Mendoza, of Denver, was arrested and charged with 1st
Degree Criminal Trespass, Criminal Mischief, Possession of Burglary Tools, and Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft; 35-year-old Jesse Ray Bell, of Adams County, was arrested and charged with 1st Degree Criminal Trespass, Criminal Mischief, and Possession of Burglary Tools.
The filing of charges is merely an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty.
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