Updated: April 9, 2014 at 7:17 am
Detectives believe they have cleared 20 cases with the arrest of eight people suspected in a string of burglaries dating back to at least October, Colorado Springs police announced Tuesday.
The cases involve burglary, providing false information to a pawn broker and theft, police said.
"That's all the arrests we anticipate," said Sgt. Gary Frasier, who oversees the Falcon and Stetson Hills investigations unit.
Police said the suspects are part of a gang called the Northside Mafia, an ironic name, given that most of the suspects lived on the south end of town, Frasier said. They've been connected to burglaries in both Colorado Springs and El Paso County.
Several handguns were recovered after nine search warrants were executed, police said, and stolen items have since been returned to victims.
Detectives opened a joint investigation into the burglaries after the Dec. 20 arrest of 19-year-old Carlitos Juvera-Rael, a suspect in a residential burglary that occurred on Indianpipe Circle near Austin Bluffs and North Academy the previous day.
On Jan. 2, two additional suspects were identified. Nathaniel Gonzales and Gino Rael, both21, allegedly broke into several homes after knocking on the front doors to make sure no one was home.
Both were arrested after rolling their car near a Family Dollar store in Walsenburg.
Rael, Gonzales and a 16-year-old male who was with them, were picked up walking north along Interstate 25 on Jan. 8, police said.
Gonzales is suspected of pawning jewelry stolen from a home in the Mountain Shadows area on Nov. 4.
According to court documents, Northside Mafia gang members also are suspects in an Oct. 29 break-in in which a stolen car was loaded up with $3,000 worth of items.
Police said they also arrested Darlene Carol Gonzales, 21, Leonard Lee Walters Jr., 29, Kenisha Watson, 23, Naomi Archuleta, 36 and one juvenile male.