Man sentenced in statewide theft spree with ties to GJ

A Front Range man suspected of stealing from several Grand Junction residents in a statewide crime spree has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Michael Chard, 31, a habitual criminal who authorities say victimized 160 people last year while stealing thousands of dollars in property, was sentenced June 29 in Jefferson County District Court after pleading guilty earlier that month.

Chard and his then-girlfriend, Brandy Dippel, 32, were arrested in Lakewood in January in connection with a series of thefts from cars in the Denver metro area, Colorado Springs and Glenwood Springs. The thefts started late November and ended in December.

An investigation turned up thousands of stolen items, including two cars, several credit cards, electronics and guns, according to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.

The Jefferson County DA’s office said Chard and Dippel are suspected of breaking into “12 to 15” cars in Glenwood. Some of the car owners were Grand Junction residents.

Grand Junction police spokeswoman Kate Porras said the department is still investigating Chard and Dippel.

An arrest warrant affidavit in the case said Lakewood investigators in January found two stolen trucks parked at a residence associated with the couple. Both trucks were packed with numerous stolen items and controlled narcotics with no prescriptions.

Dippel was sentenced earlier this year to four years in prison.


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