On May 21, the Vail Police Department responded to the Northside Grab and Go, located at 2271 N. Frontage Rd. W on a report that the business had been burglarized the previous night. A black safe containing employee paychecks and business documentation was reported stolen. Investigators could not find any signs of forced entry.
According to police, the suspects used stolen W2 tax paperwork, as well as their own true identities to create fraudulent checking accounts. Two suspects were identified when they allegedly attempted to deposit the checks into the fictitious accounts using a web-based banking app. This particular app requires an in-person identity verification at the bank. Video security footage of the suspects was captured when they went into a local bank to attempt to confirm the validity of the accounts. The bank denied their applications to create the new accounts as neither suspect could produce valid identification.
Vail detectives were also able to subpoena the IP addresses used and identify the suspects. The owners of the IP addresses used for the fraudulent banking were a match to the security images captured at the bank. Felony arrest warrants were issued for both suspects.
On June 29, Vail police arrested Cheyenne Carter, 22, of Edwards on identity theft, forgery and criminal possession of a financial device. On June 30, Bryan Sohn, 26, of Edwards, was arrested and charged with second-degree burglary, identification theft, forgery and criminal possession of a financial device. Both suspects were transported to the Eagle County Detention Facility where they were held on bond.
Both suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in the court of law.
Further inquires can be directed to Detective Sgt. Luke Causey at 970-479-2346 or firstname.lastname@example.org.