Teller County bust yields hundreds of keys, drugs and stolen vehicles | Mail from Pikes Peak

A Teller County couple are on the loose after a slew of stolen vehicles, keys and checkbooks, along with drug paraphernalia and a gun, were found during a search of their home Thursday, according to the Teller County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials said Monday that the Teller County Narcotics Squad, in coordination with the Teller County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team and patrol deputies, executed a search warrant in the residence near Florissant, but that Jerry Spinnichia, 42, and Emily Spinnichia, 40, were not domiciled during the search.

A 1993 Ford Mustang, stolen in Colorado Springs, with the suspects’ court documents inside along with seven all-terrain vehicles and five motorcycles with altered or removed vehicle identification numbers were found at the home, according to the sheriff’s office.

Other items seized include “several hundred” house, post office box and vehicle keys, a computer etching and engraving device “used to create VIN plates”, vehicle titles not in the suspects’ names, stolen business and personal checkbooks, a .22-caliber rifle and drug paraphernalia.

Authorities also found residue of an unspecified drug at the home.

According to online court records, Jerry Spinnichia was last arrested in March on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft, a Class 3 felony, and is out of custody after posting $10,000 bond. He faces a jury trial on February 6, 2023.

Records show Jerry Spinnichia has a criminal record dating back to 2004, when he was first arrested for felony theft, including motor vehicle theft. In 2006, he was arrested and charged with theft four times and convicted on three of those theft charges. In 2019, he was convicted of theft between $750 and $2,000, a Class 1 misdemeanor, and a judge dismissed a charge of drug possession and child abuse in a separate case that year.

Records also show Emily Spinnichia was convicted of impaired driving in 2008 and pleaded guilty to child abuse and drug possession charges in 2020, for which she received two years probation.

Thursday’s search follows a week-long search between Aug. 16 and Aug. 24 in Teller County that resulted in the arrest of eight people and the confiscation of 167 fentanyl pills, three grams of methamphetamines and 30 pounds of black market marijuana, all destined for distribution with a combined market value of over $30,000, according to Sheriff Jason Mikesell.

The team also recovered 500 shotguns, a short-barreled shotgun, and prescription drugs, as well as items apparently intended for the packaging, distribution, and use of illegal substances.

Felony warrants have been issued for the Spinnichias, which officials say should be avoided if seen. The sheriff’s office urged anyone with information about the couple to contact local law enforcement or, to remain anonymous, to contact the Teller County Sheriff’s Office at telercountysheriff.com/anonymoustips.

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