Weld County Sheriff’s Office seeks information about fraud suspects

Published on July 01, 2022

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The Weld County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about two people suspected of defrauding a local business out of close to $30,000 of steel.

About 4 p.m. last Friday, deputies responded to a steel business in unincorporated Weld County north of Greeley on a report of a cold theft. The business owner reported he had been defrauded out of more than $27,000 worth of steel.

The owner told deputies a man he knew as George Smith of George’s Construction had made four significant rebar purchases during the last several weeks. The purchases were made over the phone with a credit card and the material was picked up by another man, known to the business as Carlos Martinez.

The purchases were later flagged by the credit card company as fraud. The credit card company subsequently canceled the payments.

The suspects are using fake names and disguised their true cellphone numbers using an app. However, the business was able to provide security camera video of “Martinez” and the vehicle he drove to pick up the rebar.

He is described as white or Latino of average height and build. He was last seen at the business wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and a light blue baseball hat.

The suspect vehicle is described as a black, newer model Dodge Ram four-door pickup with a toolbox in the bed. It featured a white logo on the rear passenger side door. The logo possibly contains the letters “JL.” The pickup was towing a standard, black dump trailer.

Anyone with information about “Carlos Martinez,” “George Smith” or the pickup is asked to call Deputy Ryan Baer at (970) 400-4026.

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.crimeshurt.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.