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Public Safety

  • Two burglary suspects arrested

    They would have gotten away with it, if it were not for the dead flowers.
    Police arrested two local suspects, John Michael Romero, 19, and Sam Newell, 18, on three counts of aggravated burglary of a vehicle, two counts of larceny (fourth degree felony), one count of misdemeanor larceny, one count of conspiracy and receiving/transferring of stolen property Wednesday.
    According to court documents, the suspects are accused of burglarizing four vehicles in the White Rock area. The crime spree started in the late hours of Feb. 13 and continued into the morning of Feb. 14.
    They probably would have gotten away with it if it were not for the fact that they trampled someone’s flower bed in the process of their crime spree.
    When the victim of the alleged umbrage checked the footage on a surveillance camera to see who the culprit(s) were, the identities of the alleged car thieves were revealed as they were caught in the act.
    According to court documents, the two apparently took many things of value from the vehicles, including a handgun, an expensive pair of prescription sunglasses, earphones and loose change.
    On Wednesday, the two suspects were taken into custody after they both confessed to the Valentine’s Day spree.

  • Española man arrested on larceny charge

    Police arrested an Española man around 3 p.m. March 22 at a construction site located next to the Los Alamos Middle School. The suspect, Richard J. Martinez, 51 of Española, was caught allegedly pulling up wire with some cable attached to his pickup truck.
    Martinez was charged with larceny. A witness at the scene also told police that Martinez allegedly made off with a “large amount” of galvanized pipe, even after the same witness told Martinez he’d be arrested if he was caught.
    The witness showed a picture of the pipe theft in progress and police apparently made a positive identification of Martinez’s pickup truck through a sticker he had on his back window.
    Police also impounded his vehicle at the scene.
     

  • Road rage suspect makes 1st court appearance

    A man who allegedly involved in a road rage incident Feb. 25 in the Smith’s parking lot made his first appearance in magistrate court Tuesday. The suspect, Thomas Moore, 22, of Las Cruces, is accused of pulling a knife on the driver of the other car involved.
    Moore was charged with one count of aggravated assault at the scene. Tuesday, he told judge Pat Casados he had yet to obtain a lawyer. His second appearance, where it will be decided if the case goes on to district court, will be later this May.
    According to Moore, it was the other driver who was being the aggressor. He told police that the driver, upon his approach to the Smith’s parking lot, drove up close behind him with his high beams on. As a result, Moore began to drive very slowly. When they parked next to each other in front of Bealls Department store, that’s when the trouble began.
    Moore claimed to police the other driver got out of his car and approached him in an aggressive manner. The driver, meanwhile, told police he was only going over to apologize for his bright lights, that they weren’t set high, that’s just how they look normally.

  • Police Beat 03-28-14

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons or issued a citation.
    March 20

    1:47 p.m.— A 60-year-old Los Alamos woman told police she was the victim of assault on North Mesa Road.

    3:12 p.m. — A 69-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police criminal damage to his property (less than $1,000) at Monte Rey Drive.
    March 21

    1:03 p.m. — A 55-year-old Santa Fe woman reported to police she was the victim of harassment at West Road.
    March 22

    1:38 p.m. — Richard Martinez, 51, of Española was arrested for larceny (less than $250) at Hawk Drive.

    3:28 p.m.— A 52-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police criminal damage to her property (less than $1,000) at Chamisa Street.
    March 24

    10:37 a.m. — A 70-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police criminal damage to property (less than $1,000) at North Monte Rey Dr.

  • Check out LAPD's new ride

    The Los Alamos Police Department has added two new Ford F-150 trucks to the fleet as patrol vehicles. The 2013 crew cab trucks allow for hauling items that would not normally fit in sport utility vehicles or sedans. These vehicles also have the capability of towing department utility trailers to scenes or special events.
    Commander Preston Ballew stated, “The Ford F-150 truck will allow us to safely traverse through difficult and remote terrain, while providing an economical solution to fit our fleet needs. The trucks provide us everything our current vehicles do and more and are within a few hundred dollars of existing fleet vehicles. We also anticipate comparable fuel and maintenance expenses if not a little better given the Ford eco-boost engine. We will continue to evaluate our fleet needs and how we can maximize the benefit to the taxpayer while ensuring our ability to respond safely and effectively to better serve the public.”

  • Police Beat 03-21-14

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.
    March 13

    1:15 p.m. — A 16-year-old Los Alamos teen was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia at Los Alamos High School.

    4:38 p.m. — A 46-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she was the victim of identity theft at Canyon Glen.
    March 14

    7:43 a.m. — A 33-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police that he was the victim of criminal damage to property (less than $1,000) on Manhattan Loop.

    8:11 a.m. — A 49-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of criminal damage to property (less than $1,000) at Sage Loop.

    8:04 a.m. — A 93-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of criminal damage to property (less than $1,000) at Sage Loop.

    8:29 a.m. — A 20-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of criminal damage to property (less than $1,000) at Myrtle Street.

  • Police asking for public help in investigating incidents -- more photos added

    The Los Alamos Police Department is looking to the public for help after investigating a number of incidents in the past month.

    On March 14, LAPD responded to the Jemez House Thrift Store in White Rock for an attempted shoplifting.

    According to a LAPD release, the male subject entered the store and attempted to conceal merchandise without paying for it when he was confronted by several store patrons. While witnesses were attempting to call police the subject forced his way passed the patrons and left in his vehicle. One of the patrons sustained an injury during this process.

    The male will be facing aggravated battery charges as a result of this investigation.

    “The male left in a black Mazda 4-door that did not have a license plate. It had a temporary registration sticker that was removed by suspect(s) during time they were fleeing the scene,” according to the police report.
    Three other persons were passengers in the escape vehicle, including two children approximately 10-12 years of age.
    The vehicle was followed by another store patron who confirmed that it left Los Alamos County.
    The male is described as approximately 40 years of age, 6-feet-2 and around 230-250 pounds.

    Another person took several photos of the car as it fled.

  • Police Beat 03-18-14

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    March 6

    5:06 p.m. — A 33-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of identity theft at 47th Street.
    March 7

    1:30 p.m. — Paul Martinez, 23, of Los Alamos was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant in the 1000 block of Deacon Street for falsely reporting a robbery.

    9:27 a.m. — A 49-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of identity theft on Trinity Drive.

    2:45 p.m. — A 47-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police that she was the victim of a violated protection order.
    March 8

    1:09 a.m. — Bobby Shaw, 32, of Los Alamos was arrested for battery upon a police officer on Kachina Street.

    2:07 p.m. — A 49-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of a larceny (over $500 less than $2500).
    March 9

    3:04 a.m. — Ashira Montano, 31, of Santa Fe through a municipal court warrant.

  • LAPD makes new hires

    The Los Alamos Police Department initiated an Officer Selection process toward the end of 2013.
    After the screening process of approximately 40 applicants, 10 certified applicants were chosen to continue in the testing process. Three out of the 10 certified, were successful in the process and accepted positions with LAPD.
    As well as these police officers, two new dispatchers were selected from a vast number of very qualified applicants. These officers’ and dispatchers’ first day on the job was March 3.
    Los Alamos’ newest police officers received their badges Thursday afternoon at the Justice Center while surrounded by family, friends and veteran officers. During a swearing in ceremony, conducted by the magistrate judge Pat Casados, three officers took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and that of New Mexico. Robert Larsen, Tim Lonz and Ryan Wolking are the county’s newest police officers, holding the rank of Corporal due to being certified and having prior law enforcement experience.
    Roberto Lujan and Greg Lynch are the newest Emergency Dispatchers. Both came with dispatching experience from the Santa Fe Regional Emergency Communications Center.

  • Sex offender investigated for taking photos at Piñon

    Los Alamos Sheriff Marco Lucero issued a press release Monday, alleging that a registered sex offender was seen taking photos of children during an event at Piñon Elementary.
    Lucero said the registered sex offender is refusing to answer police questions without an attorney present.
    The sheriff’s office released the man’s name but the Los Alamos Monitor declined to publish it because, as of press time Tuesday, he had not been charged with a crime.
    The investigation stems from a March 5 incident at a school debate event at Piñon Elementary. According to Lucero, shortly after the event some parents came to his office and complained that the man was taking pictures of children other than his own.
    Lucero said the man voluntarily came to his office but declined to answer questions.
    “He refused to answer any questions, so we are going to follow up (today) as well as meet with the district attorney,” Lucero said. Lucero has also contacted Principal Jill Gonzales about the matter and said the school is aware of the issue.
    “They too are taking steps toward making sure the matter is taken care of,” Lucero said.
    The registered sex offender is escorted whenever he goes onto the school’s campus, according to Lucero.