Formal charges filed against Weld Most Wanted suspect Colton Thompson

Published on April 21, 2022

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Formal charges have been filed against a Fort Lupton man who for more than a month was Weld County’s Most Wanted suspect.

Colton Thompson, 34, was arrested April 9 during an investigation by the Weld County Sheriff’s Office Strike Team. He is now formally charged in Weld District Court with 25 counts, including 18 felonies.

The charges include 10 counts of aggravated motor vehicle theft, three counts of vehicular eluding, two counts of possession of burglary tools and one count of theft with a total value of $80,550. Thompson also is charged with one count each of second-degree burglary, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, hit and run, unlawful possession of a Schedule 2 substance, a marijuana-related offense, harassment, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

Thompson’s bond has been increased to $155,000 from $50,000. He is scheduled to appear at 8:30 a.m. Friday for an advisement hearing in Weld District Court.

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office Strike Team is a specialized group within the Investigations Unit tasked with locating wanted fugitives and leading complicated property theft investigations, such as vehicle theft rings.

“The Weld County Sheriff’s Office understands the harm vehicle theft can cause to hardworking residents who rely on their cars and trucks to earn a living and take care of their families,” said Sean Standridge, sergeant of the Strike Team. “The Strike Team is committed to investigating property crime rings to hold criminals like Colton Thompson accountable for their actions.”

Thompson is suspected in numerous crimes throughout northern Colorado. Additional charges are pending.

Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is asked to call the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.NoCoCrimeStoppers.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward.