LOS LUNAS — Detectives with the Los Lunas Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division used DNA to solve a handful of burglaries in the village.

One suspect has been arrested in connection to a string of commercial burglaries, which occurred in 2020, in the Los Lunas area.

During the on-scene burglary investigations, detectives located suspected blood on scene and other additional evidence was collected and subsequently sent to the laboratory for DNA examination.

The suspect in custody is Nathan Sutton, 26, of Los Lunas. Sutton was taken into custody at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 18, near the Huning Ranch area after detectives positively identified him, although he utilized the alias of another person.

On March 4, the Northern New Mexico Scientific Laboratory received notice from the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) that a suspect’s DNA sample obtained from the blood matched the DNA profile of Sutton.

On April 21, an arrest warrant was issued for Sutton for five counts of breaking and entering, three counts of non-residential burglary and two counts of aggravated burglary (armed after entering).

The commercial businesses burglarized were identified as Farmers Insurance, Chavelas Hair Place, Remedies Plus, Teofilos Restaurant, China Massage, J & N Investments and Edward Jones.

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