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First Stop manager arrested for theft

Posted: Friday, Oct 5th, 2012

Loren Gutierrez

Courier staff writer

ALAMOSA — First Stop manager Loren Gutierrez, 26, Alamosa, was arrested on Wednesday afternoon for theft, conspiracy to commit theft and false reporting to authorities in connection with Ernestina Bernadette Gallegos, 42, Alamosa, who was taken into custody for attempting to bail out her son with cash allegedly stolen from the gas station on September 24.

The Alamosa Police Department (APD) arrested Gallegos for conspiracy, theft between $500 and $15,000 and tampering with evidence after Gutierrez allegedly falsely reported an unknown person broke a window on her 2003 Pontiac while it was momentarily parked at a restaurant on Sixth Street, according to the department. She told officers she was en route from the gas station to the bank to make a deposit when moneybags containing a large cash amount were stolen from her car. Further investigation revealed inconsistencies with Gutierrez’ report and the crime scene, enabling officers to recover the cash and arrest Gallegos while she was allegedly in the act of bailing out her son and Gutierrez’ boyfriend, Anthony Nicolas Gallegos, 20, Alamosa, who has been in the Alamosa County Jail since July 22.

Both Gallegos and Gutierrez posted $10,000 bonds shortly after their arrests.

Anthony was placed in custody for criminal attempt in the third degree, attempt to murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct after allegedly stabbing Jeremy Montoya, 18, Alamosa, and Michael Sanchez, 22, Pueblo, in a fight at the 800 block of Tenth Street.

Gallegos was released earlier that Sunday from the Alamosa County Jail after completing his sentence for charges including driving under the influence-drugs; driving a defective vehicle; driving under restraint-revoked; and for having expired license plates in January. At the time, his license was revoked for criminal mischief-theft and he had a mandatory protection order.

The investigation is ongoing with charges still pending against additional suspects, according to the department.

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