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Charles and Michelle Wrenfrow accused of turning tow business into chop shop

Charles and Michelle Wrenfrow accused of turning tow business into chop shop
Courtesy of the Denver District Attorney's Office

The investigation into the Wrenfrows dates back to 2010, with the basic concept of the enterprise as understood by investigators illustrated in the above photo, featuring parts from a 2005 Subaru Impreza owned by Denver's Jason Brandt.

The car, valued at $18,573, vanished on or about December 9, 2010, according to the indictment, and shortly thereafter, it apparently went to pieces. A few days later, Charles is accused of putting parts of the Impreza on what's described as an "Internet auction site" -- namely, Craigslist.

At that point, Brandt, in conjunction with a Denver Police detective, arranged to buy the stuff from none other than C & M -- and on December 15, parts of the Impreza were recovered from the impound lot.

Prosecutors at the Denver District Attorney's Office don't believe this was an isolated incident. They allege at least nineteen cars were nabbed by the Wrenfrows with the intention of parting them out and peddling the salable items.

The evidence in the case was eventually presented to a grand jury, which returned a 21-count indictment charging the couple with violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, plus multiple accusations of theft and conspiracy to commit theft by receiving. They're free on $100,000 bond, and their next court date has yet to be scheduled.

Below, see more photos from C & M, courtesy of the Denver DA's office, plus booking photos of the Wrenfrows and the indictment.

Charles and Michelle Wrenfrow accused of turning tow business into chop shop
Courtesy of the Denver District Attorney's Office
Charles and Michelle Wrenfrow accused of turning tow business into chop shop
Courtesy of the Denver District Attorney's Office
Charles Wrenfrow.
Charles Wrenfrow.
Michelle Wrenfrow.
Michelle Wrenfrow.
Wrenfrow Indictment

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