COMMERCE CITY -- Police are looking for at least two suspects involved in a series of commercial burglaries and auto thefts over the past several months in the Denver area.
Commerce City detectives identified Esequiel "Zeke' Gomez, 32, and Demi Christian Maestas, 29, in a press statement June 24. There may be others, according to the press release.
Spokesman Travis Huntington said the group ran into a business after hours. The suspects, who were seen carrying firearms, stole items and then left the business. Huntington said the suspects often steal an extra vehicle.
The thefts have occurred in Commerce City, Denver, Thornton, Aurora and as far east as Sterling. Officers' attempts to stop the suspects have failed, and the suspects drove away in a stolen vehicle.
Huntington said detectives found Gomez in a residence in the 64600 block of East 69th Avenue and drafted a search warrant.
"Since he was suspected of being armed, detectives had SWAT officers attempt to serve the search warrant," Huntington said. "Gomez spotted the SWAT officers approaching the residence and got into the passenger side of a newer model stolen Audi, grey in color, and fled eastbound on East 69th Avenue."
The warrant turned up several stolen items, including a pair of stolen trucks, a stolen camper, a pair of stolen assault-style rifle and property from six burglaries in four areas of metro Denver.
"The total value of the recovered stolen property is believed to exceed half a million dollars, not including the value of the stolen vehicles," Huntington said. "Also recovered were 60 suspected fentanyl pills and approximately two ounces of suspected methamphetamine."
Huntington said Gomez may have committed an additional commercial burglary in Greenwood Village after escaping the East 69th Avenue address.
Those with information on this case should call the Commerce City Police Department's tip line at 303-289-3626. If you see either Gomez or Maestas, call 911.
"Do not attempt to contact them, as they are considered armed and dangerous.," Huntington said.