Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA — A brother and sister accused of multiple crimes are both in custody, following a months-long investigation into a string of alleged burglaries across southern Colorado.
The Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested George Ross Hanna for allegedly burglarizing the Mosca Pit Stop, while the Alamosa Police Department arrested him for attempting to cash fraudulent checks at City Market.
The 32-year-old man has also been linked to a rash of burglaries in Alamosa, Conejos, Hinsdale, Mineral and Saguache counties, as well as unspecified criminal activity in New Mexico, according to Alamosa County Sheriff’s Lt. Jim McCloskey.
At the same time, the Hinsdale County Sheriff’s Office arrested 35-year-old Kendra Lynn Hanna after she allegedly cashed stolen and forged checks.
According to McCloskey, an exchange of information between his office and its counterparts in Hinsdale County tied the Hannas to numerous criminal activities.
During a joint effort between the two departments, investigators learned that the brother and sister allegedly cashed stolen checks from Hinsdale County at the Alamosa City Market.
Video surveillance from the store backs up their allegations, McCloskey said in a recent press release. Likewise, he said that surveillance footage from the Mosca Pit Stop caught George Hanna in the act of burglarizing that business.
Authorities prepared search warrants to inspect residences in Alamosa and Monte Vista, but the night before they planned to execute them, George Hanna allegedly tried to cash another fraudulent check at City Market. The Alamosa Police Department subsequently arrested him for fraudulent check activity, McCloskey said.
Once authorities executed the search warrants, they recovered property the Hannas allegedly stole from addresses in Hinsdale, Saguache, Mineral and Alamosa counties.
However, McCloskey said that George Hanna refused to help law enforcement agents in their efforts to return property to the alleged victims.
Kendra Hanna is currently being held in Hinsdale County, while her brother is facing numerous charges in Alamosa and Hinsdale counties. Additional arrests are expected in the near future, McCloskey said.