The Los Alamos Police Department is looking for husband and wife Felicia Lopez and Dominic Lopez of El Rito, part of a team of four shoplifters who have been spotted stealing from Smith’s Marketplace over the last few weeks.
One of the other suspects, Becky Mondragon, 43, of El Rito has been arrested twice and is facing shoplifting charges in two cases. The fourth suspect, Johnny Lucero, 52, also of El Rito was arrested and has been charged with possession of a controlled substance – heroin, possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia to conceal a controlled substance, shoplifting – less than $100, distribution of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and distribution of a controlled substance – heroin.
According to Los Alamos Magistrate Court documents, Sgt. Ben Irving responded to an officer request for assistance June 21 at Smith’s Marketplace and contacted Det. Matt Lyon and Cpl. Jay Eakins who had apprehended Lucero. Another shoplifter, Mondragon, was driving around the area. Mondragon had an outstanding felony warrant because she was identified in earlier incidents in which more than $2,000 in merchandise was stolen. Lucero had an active trespass order against him from Smith’s and was arrested for shoplifting and violating the trespass order.
During his arrest, Lucero was found to be in possession of a black-brown substance wrapped in small plastic balls and an Advil bottle containing a clear crystalline substance. The substances were later determined by field tests to be black tar heroin and methamphetamine. Smith’s assets protection personnel provide video surveillance showing that Lucero had stolen a bag of cherries and three packets of bison steaks.
Felicia and Dominic Lopez were identified from surveillance video at the store and recognized by LAPD personnel. Felicia is facing a charge of shoplifting over $500 and less than $2,500. Dominic is being charged with conspiracy to commit shoplifting over $500 and less than $2,500.
Mondragon and Lucero appeared June 22 before Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados and are free on their own recognizance under conditions of release pending trial.