Almost a month after his truck — which had all of his work instruments inside it — was stolen and crashed, Mark Moynahan remains to be working to rebuild his livelihood and discover stability.
As his Chevy Silverado sits in items at his good friend’s physique store, Moynahan purchased one other outdated truck (a “uncommon magnificence” as he jokingly calls it) to get to his contractor jobs. At pawn outlets, he has been shopping for instruments he finds to exchange people who had been misplaced or broken. However there was one piece of treasured cargo within the truck that Moynahan is holding out hope to search out.
“I would like my canine again,” Moynahan mentioned. “I’m mad. I’m mad about it. I’m simply offended as time goes on. I lose hope, however I’m nonetheless actually offended about it.”
Moynahan’s 2-month-old pet, Bunker, was within the cab of his Silverado the afternoon of April 19 when police say two people took the truck utilizing the spare set of keys from the glove field.
In keeping with police, the 2 suspects drove by way of Arvada and Westminster, committing a number of hit-and-runs, earlier than getting right into a crash close to the intersection of Colfax and Pearl in Denver that left the truck inoperable. The 2 exited the truck and left the scene. It’s unknown at what level Moynahan’s canine went lacking within the incident.
Officers discovered the accused pair close to the scene of the crash with Moynahan’s keys in hand. They had been taken into custody. Nonetheless, fairly than being charged for auto theft, the Denver District Lawyer’s Workplace confirmed that Paul J. Stephens was charged with second diploma trespass to a motorcar. Court docket data present he has been launched on bond and is scheduled to look in courtroom in June.
“I can’t even wrap my head across the fundamental premise of it,” Moynahan mentioned of the cost, which carries lesser sentences than a cost of theft. “You already know, theft is theft… stealing one thing is stealing one thing. And so there’s a regulation for it. Prosecute them.”
Mike Greenwell, a commander with the Metropolitan Auto Theft Activity Pressure, instructed Denver7 it’s changing into extra widespread for district attorneys to hunt lesser expenses for instances like these. He believes this has had a direct lead to growing auto theft instances.
“Doesn’t shock me in any respect,” Greenwell mentioned of the case. “That’s what regulation enforcement has been complaining about for the final three or 4 years, is that criminals will not be being held accountable.”
In keeping with the Metropolitan Auto Theft Activity Pressure, the Denver metro space has seen a 173 % improve in thefts between 2019 and 2022. There was a 24 % improve in simply the primary quarter of 2022 alone.
“I can let you know, it’s going to proceed to extend,” Greenwell mentioned. “There aren’t any repercussions. Why would I be afraid to steal a automobile if I do know I’m not going to be held accountable?”
Carolyn Tyler, a spokesperson for the Denver District Lawyer’s Workplace, mentioned specifics of the case couldn’t be mentioned with Denver7 since it’s now pending earlier than the courtroom. When requested why the workplace didn’t pursue theft expenses, Tyler mentioned they “have an moral obligation to solely file expenses that we imagine we will show to a jury.”
Denver7 supplied to start out a Denver7 Provides marketing campaign to assist Mark Moynahan change the truck and instruments he misplaced. He declined.
“I’m ex-military,” Moynahan mentioned. “There’s lots of people that basically need assistance. I imply, I can wrestle by way of this, and I’ll. I’ll make it occur.”
The one factor Moynahan is asking of his neighborhood is to maintain eyes peeled for his lacking pup Bunker. If something that may assist in the search, he asks you to succeed in out to him.