Police on Wednesday arrested two of Weld County’s most wanted after a vigilant hotel employee recognized the pair from a news broadcast earlier in the evening.
Bianca Montiel, 24, and Christopher Ureste, 25, were arrested on suspicion of entering unlocked vehicles that were parked at day care facilities, stealing credit cards and racking up thousands of dollars in fraudulent charges, said Longmont Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur.
The pair would wait in the parking lot of the centers early in the morning while parents dropped their children off. When parents took the kids inside, the suspects would enter the unlocked vehicles, steal purses and then use credit cards at local retailers.
They even entered one vehicle while a child remained in the car, Satur said.
Police issued a media advisory Wednesday evening, and the suspects’ photos appeared on local newscasts.
When the couple tried to check into the Best Western Brighton Inn, 15151 Brighton Road near U.S. 85, an employee recognized them from the photos and immediately called the Brighton Police Department.
“It’s nice that people feel comfortable to call within only a couple hours,” Satur said. “Within a few hours of putting their pictures out there, we had them under arrest. It was very, very rewarding.”
Montiel and Ureste — who also go by Destiny Lucero and Danny Montiel, respectively — were wanted in Weld County for multiple cases of identity theft, criminal mischief and failure to appear for court dates.
Combined, the duo had 13 felony warrants out for their arrests. Police agencies from Greeley, Evans and across Weld County were working on the case.
“A lot of people were looking for them,” Satur said. “There was a lot of work being done by multiple agencies.”