A 22-year-old Las Cruces man suspected of using stolen credit cards at a local department store was arrested Friday while his accomplice, his mother, fled from police.
Santana Jaramillo, of the 800 block of McFie Avenue, is charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit forgery, one count each of possession of stolen or lost credit cards, and one count of resisting or evading an officer.
Shortly before noon on Friday, April 11, Las Cruces Police were called to the Kohl’s department store, 2500 N. Triviz Dr., by employees who reported a couple attempting to buy jewelry with several credit cards, none of which matched their names.
The couple left the store in a white Buick Lesabre.
A short time later an officer on Telshor Boulevard conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle matching the description. As the officer was speaking with the occupants of the Lesabre one of them, identified as Santana Jaramillo, took off running.
The officer gave chase and caught Jaramillo behind a restaurant on Commerce Drive. When the officer returned to the Lesabre she discovered that another occupant of the vehicle, Jaramillo’s mother Lisa Jaramillo, fled from the scene.
Detectives learned that Santana and Lisa Jaramillo tried to use the credit cards at Kohl’s but were denied because their names did not match those on the cards. Lisa Jaramillo is then suspected of using checks stolen from the same victim at a nearby Walgreen’s store.
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Lisa Jaramillo. She is expected to be charged with at least one count each of forgery and unlawful withdrawal from the account of another. Additional charges are possible. Charges against the owner of the Buick Lesabre have not been filed.
Santana Jaramillo was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center on Friday. He has since posted bond.