DENVER (CBS4)– Police claim it’s a family-owned chop shop. A husband and wife are accused of using their towing business to steal cars.
Charles and Michelle Wrenfrow have been indicted on a long list of charges that include allegedly stealing at least 19 vehicles, cars, a construction skidloader and pickup trucks.READ MORE: $30,000 Reward Now Offered In 1970 Murder Of Marilee Burt
Investigators said once the stolen vehicles were at the tow company’s impound lot, they didn’t stay in one place for very long.
One alleged victim, Tom Kosty, remembers seeing his car parked in front of his home but less than one minute later, “… came outside and all we saw was tail lights.”
Kosty’s green Subaru Outback had been stolen just feet away from his front door. It couldn’t have come at a worse time.
“It’s amazing how much you rely on a vehicle and at the time, unfortunately, I had just lost my job so I was trying to find other jobs and get the kids to school,” said Kosty.
Kosty would soon receive a phone call from police in Denver. They had found his car, at least parts of it.
“Then we found out it was only two doors and a hatchback,” said Kosty.READ MORE: Colorado Air Force Reserve Takes To The Skies For Wildfire Training
Kosty’s car, along with 18 others, were found in pieces, chopped for parts and sold. Some parts were found for sale online.
“A victim of a stolen car found that his wheels, the wheels from his car, were being sold on Craigslist,” said Denver District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough.
The Wrenfrows were indicted for stealing the cars and dismantling them at their company, C&M Towing in Adams County.
The lot was raided in December 2011. A grand jury handed down the indictment this week.
Their victims have little sympathy for the couple.
“Pretty disgusted, would definitely like to maybe talk to these individuals. I don’t think that’s going to happen,” said Kosty.
The Wrenfrows were booked into the Jefferson County Jail and released on a $100,000 bond.MORE NEWS: Denver Chefs Team Up To Fundraise For AAPI Causes: 'We Need To Do Something More'
Their next court date has not been scheduled.