Car Thieves Honor Dead Car Thief by Stealing Cars

jessicahernandez“The people that were arrested are connected in the same auto theft ring that Jessica Hernandez was involved with,” said Westminster Police Department spokeswoman Cheri Spottke.

Hernandez is the Denver teen who was shot and killed by a Denver Police officer earlier this year. She was behind the wheel of a stolen car in an alley when she was shot by officers who say she drove at them.

She wouldn’t detail specifics that link all the crimes together, but said they were based on car make, locations, dates and methods.

“We find [the vehicles] a short time later. They’re still in good condition. Some may be minor damage, but overall they’re in good condition and we’re returning [them] to their owners. So it’s just kind of senseless,” Spottke said.