Las Cruces, NM (KTSM) — A 22-year-old Las Cruces man is behind bars suspected of using stolen credit cards at a local Kohl's Department store, while his mother, who police allege is his accomplice, is still on the run.
Las Cruces Police were called to the Kohl's department store located at 2500 N. Triviz Dr. around noon Friday afternoon after employees at the checkout line reported a couple attempting to buy jewelry with several credit cards that did not match their names.
The employees reported that the couple left the store empty handed in a white Buick LaSabre.
An alert LCPD officer noticed a vehicle matching the description given by store employees a short time later and made a traffic stop. As the officer was speaking with the two people inside of the LaSabre, 22-year-old Santana Jaramillo jumped out of the car and took off running.
The officer was able to chase and apprehend Jaramillo behind a restaurant on Commerce Drive. When they returned to the LaSabre, the officer found the car empty and determined that the other person inside, later identified as Santana's mother, Lisa Jaramillo, had also fled the car.
Detectives learned that Santana and Lisa Jaramillo attempted to use stolen credit cards at Kohl's, but were denied because their names didn't match the names on the cards. According to Las Cruces Police, Lisa Jaramillo later used stolen checks from the nearby victim at a nearby Walgreen's store.
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Lisa Jaramillo. Police expect her to be charged with at least one count of forgery and unlawful withdrawal from the account of another. LCPD advises that additional charges are also possible.
Santana Jaramillo was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Facility Friday afternoon on three counts of conspiracy to commit forgery, one county of possession of stolen or lost credit cards and one count of resisting or evading an officer. Jaramillo has since posted bail.