Alleged Dollar General thieves to be arraigned on a slew of charges
Two Denver men are scheduled to be arraigned on a litany of charges after making around $1,400 in purchases last month with a found debit card.
David Speer-Valles, 36, and Eddie Casias, Jr., 50, are being charged in Grand County District Court with theft, criminal possession of a financial device, identity theft, possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
Police arrested the men Nov. 14 after they found video surveillance that captured Speer-Valles’s and Casias’s rental car at one of the locations where the debit card was fraudulently used, according to the affidavits in support of warrantless arrest filed Nov. 15 district court.
On the evening of Nov. 13, a Granby resident informed police that they had misplaced their debit card at City Market and fraudulent charges appeared on their bank account, according to the affidavits.
That evening, Speer-Valles and Casias were seen on video surveillance using the card to make two fraudulent purchases at Dollar General in Granby for Visa gift cards totaling over $1,300, according to the affidavits. An additional $225 worth of gift cards were purchased in cash by Speer-Valles.
During the course of investigation, police also discovered that Casias also tried to purchase tobacco and tobacco products at the Granby Barn Store, but the card was declined, according to the affidavit. Video surveillance at this location captured a silver Kia later identified as Speer-Valles’s and Casias’s rental car.
At about 1 a.m. Nov. 14, police pulled over the silver Kia from the video surveillance and identified Speer-Valles and Casias as the driver and passenger, respectively. The men were arrested and searched, according to the affidavits.
During the search of Speer-Valles, Visa gift cards were found in his jacket pocket, the affidavits said. A search of the car resulted in police finding a marijuana pipe, marijuana, additional Visa gift cards, a receipt for the purchase of the gift cards using the found debit card and a City Market grocery bag containing syringes with no needles attached, saline solution and tourniquets.
The affidavits stated that Middle Park Health confirmed that the items were stolen and that Casias and Speer-Valles had visited the Granby location two times on Nov. 13.
Speer-Valles and Casias were renting a cabin at Columbine Cabins in Grand Lake, according to the affidavits, where police found two pipes, one used, and less than one gram of methamphetamine.
Casias was also charged with violation of a protection order and violation of bail bond conditions. According to the affidavits, his protection order stated that Casias shall not possess or consume alcohol or controlled substances.
Speer-Valles, who has since been released from custody, will be arraigned at 10 a.m. Dec. 17. Casias, who is still in custody, will be arraigned at 1 p.m. Dec. 11.
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