Cops snare LA's most wanted fugitives

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Crimestopper tip leads police to couple at hideout in Chimayó

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos and New Mexico State Police apprehended a local couple this morning that has been on the run from the law since early June.


A tip to Crimestoppers led police to a Chimayo home where Raymond “Ray” G. Behringer and Amanda Burns were said to be hiding out.

“They are each charged with one count of burglary, one count of felony-level larceny and he is charged with one count of receiving stolen property which is also a felony level,” said Det. Paige Early.

Lt. Preston Ballew said the arrest was a result of a joint effort between community and police.

“This demonstrates that crimestoppers does work and I think the community should feel pretty good about contributing to this arrest and helping to incarcerate this couple,” Ballew said.

Police were seeking the couple in connection with a number of local burglaries. They each had active warrants.

The Los Alamos Police issued a request June 8 asking anyone with information as to the whereabouts or other information about Behringer and Burns to contact crimestoppers. Somebody did.

“I’m proud of the job my detectives have done. This is just another example of them being relentless in tracking down these suspects and getting them off the streets of Los Alamos,” Chief Wayne Torpy said. “I want to thank the state police for accompanying the detectives in making the arrests.”

On June 23, police executed a search warrant on a Walnut Street home where the couple had been living but they disappeared and have been on the lam ever since.

The Los Alamos Police Department’s Investigations Division is asking anyone with further information about Behringer and Burns or any other case to call Crimestoppers at 662-8282 or Lt. Ballew at 662-8236. Callers can remain anonymous.