A strung-out group of small-time Colorado criminals that called themselves “the Sopranos” — including one who has “Styles Sopranos” and a Nike logo tattooed on his forehead — are singing the blues after being busted for a series of petty crimes to support their narcotic habits.
A Denver grand jury indicted 11 people for a laundry list of thefts committed to keep themselves flush with fentanyl, heroin and methamphetamine, prosecutors said.
The two-bit syndicate, consisting of men and women ranging from ages 21 to 42, allegedly stole $950,000 worth of cars, weapons, tools and other items, officials said in a Friday press release.
The family would use teamwork to break into and hotwire Kias and Hyundais, deploying lookouts and getaway drivers who put stolen license plates on the hot cars, according to the release.
They would then use credit cards found in the stolen cars to buy gift cards and property that could be easily sold for cash, officials claim.
The “Sopranos” crew also ignored the mafioso code of online omertà, and used Facebook to orchestrate the thefts, sell stolen goods and brag about their hijinks, prosecutors said.
“On some occasions they are accused of livestreaming their crimes while in progress over Facebook as other enterprise members offered real-time encouragement,” District Attorney Beth McCann wrote.
The suspects were indicted on 91 total counts, and are being charged under a Colorado organized crime statute.