LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) – Los Lunas Police used DNA to connect a suspect to a string of burglaries that took place in 2020. The Los Lunas Police Department reports that during the on-scene burglary investigations detectives found suspected blood at the scene in addition to other evidence that was collected and sent to the laboratory for DNA examination.
On March 4, 2021, LLPD states that the Northern New Mexico Scientific Laboratory received notice from the Combined DNA Index System that a suspect’s DNA sample obtained from the blood matched the DNA profile of Nathan Sutton. Police issued an arrest warrant for Sutton on April 21, 2021, for five counts of breaking and entering, three counts of non-residential burglary, and two counts of aggravated burglary.
Authorities say 26-year-old Sutton was taken into custody on May 18, 2021, near the Huning Ranch area after detectives positively identified Sutton as he was reportedly using the alias of another individual. Authorities report the commercial businesses that had been burglarized included Farmers Insurance, Chavelas Hair Place, Remedies Plus, Teofilos Restaurant, China Massage, J&N Investments, and Edward Jones.