MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KJCT)- Multiple people have been arrested by officers and deputies in Mesa County following a string of auto thefts in the past weeks.
Hannah Johnson, 21, of Grand Junction, Kobe Taylor, 18, of Fruita, Patrick Jensen, 32, of Arizona, and Kambria Zentz, 22, of Arizona were all arrested.
Each vehicle was stolen from a local gym, where people's keys were being stolen from an unsecured locker. In all cases, the license plates on the stolen vehicle were swapped with license plates stolen from a different vehicle.
On November 11, deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office were alerted by one of the car's GPS tracking that one of the stolen vehicles was believed to be in the Clifton area. The vehicle was located, and the subjects were found to be Hannah Johnson and Kobe Taylor.
Through the investigation process, law enforcement was able to identify two additional suspects in the auto theft.
Surveillance footage from the gym showed a matching description of one of the identified suspects, who had a history on the Front Range in auto theft, which matched the characteristics of the crimes here in Mesa County.
Wednesday afternoon, officers attempted to contact two subjects regarding shoplifting in the parking lot of 2464 Highway 6 & 50. When contacted by officers, the fled in a white Kia Optima, which was later determined to be one of the stolen vehicles associated with the string of auto theft. The occupants of the Optima matched the description of the suspects beleived to be involved in the auto theft. They were identified as Patrick Jensen and Kambria Zentz, both of Arizona.
They abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. Authorities set up a perimeter around the area, and with the assistance of GJPD K9 Merlin and his handler, were able to track down and apprehend the two.