The Los Alamos Police Department Criminal Investigations Division and Patrol Division have been investigating several Check Fraud, Identity Theft, Theft, Forgery, Fraudulent Use of Credit Card cases over the past month.
LAPD Investigators began putting together a profile that all the cases were linked and identified the potential suspects through their investigative effort. Then on Saturday, Aug. 27, the LAPD Dayshift Patrol “A-team” apprehended the suspects on a traffic stop.
John J. Lerma, 42, of Albuquerque and Rosalinda Hurtado, 38, of Alcalde were both arrested by LAPD officers for charges of Forgery, Fraud, and Identity Theft. Lerma also was wanted on a nationwide warrant out of Bernalillo County.
In total there have been at least eight reported criminal cases being investigate by the Los Alamos Police Department totaling nearly $20,000 in monetary loss. Hurtado and Lerma also are suspected and being charged with stealing wallets from local Los Alamos athletes during sporting practices then fraudulently using the stolen credit cards.
Additional New Mexico Law Enforcement Agencies also have worked with LAPD Detectives since the arrest. Taos Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico State Police, Santa Fe Police Dept., and Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office, also have a total of at least eight similar cases that are suspected to be related to both Hurtado and Lerma and their investigators have been working with LAPD Detectives to further their cases.
“I am very proud of the quality of report writing, follow-up, and investigative skill of our Patrol Officers and our Investigations Division,” Cmdr. Oliver Morris said. “I am also grateful these arrests will assist other agencies to pursue charges and close their cases.”