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August 5, 2021

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Operation Unicorn obtains arrest warrants for three suspects

Two suspects are in custody, one is still at large

Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder County Sheriff’s Office detectives recently obtained arrest warrants for three suspects related to a series of crimes committed between September 2020 and February 2021, with damages valued at approximately $115,000.

The suspects are accused of multiple motor vehicle thefts, porch piracy, and vehicle trespasses in the Town of Lyons, City of Boulder, and City of Longmont. The investigation was dubbed “Operation Unicorn” because of the groups affection for unicorns (drawings, figurines, etc.), which were found throughout the investigation and helped tie the crimes together. Sheriff’s detectives were able to tie the group to crimes in 12 jurisdictions throughout the Denver Metro area.

The three suspects are charged with 53 different criminal charges for the crimes committed within Boulder County. The charges include Unlawful Distribution and Possession of Dangerous Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia, 12 counts of Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft, Identity Theft, Theft, Vehicular Eluding, 28 counts of First Degree Motor Vehicle Trespass, Criminal Mischief, Theft of License Plates, and Second Degree Criminal Trespass of Property. In total, 46 known locations within Boulder County were affected by these acts.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Boulder Police Department, the Longmont Police Department, the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office and the Town of Lyons for their assistance with this investigation.

The involved suspects are 21-year-old Shane Michael Phillips, 36-year-old Marie Alins Roman, and 44-year-old Adrian Cisco Quintana. Mr. Phillips and Mrs. Roman are currently in custody, and Mr. Quintana is still at large. If you have any information about his whereabouts, please let us know.


/s/Commander Jason Oehlkers