The Los Alamos Police Department Criminal Investigations and patrol divisions have investigated 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 investigations.
On Aug. 27, a patrol “A-team” apprehended the suspects on a traffic stop.
John J. Lerma, 42, of Albuquerque and 38-year-old Rosalinda Hurtado of Alcalde were arrested by officers for charges of forgery, fraud and identity theft. Lerma also had a nationwide warrant out of Bernalillo County.
There have been at least eight reported criminal cases investigated by the LAPD totaling in almost $20,000 in losses, according to police.
Hurtado and Lerma are also suspected and being charged with stealing wallets from local Los Alamos athletes during sporting practices then fraudulently using the stolen credit cards.