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Serial Auto Theft Suspect Indicted

Serial Auto Theft Suspect Indicted

A Bernalillo County grand jury has indicted serial auto theft suspect Andrew Otero and his partner, Josephine Aguilar, on 46 counts of burglary, auto theft and drug charges.

The new Fraud Bureau set up by the New Mexico Office of the Superintendent of Insurance and the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office has made its first move against a serial auto theft suspect.

A Bernalillo County grand jury has indicted serial auto theft suspect Andrew Otero and his partner, Josephine Aguilar, on 46 counts of burglary, auto theft and drug charges.

The Fraud Bureau was formed to help combat auto theft and property crimes cases. The Albuquerque metro area is now the auto theft capital of the nation. Here’s the OSI’s news release on the indictments:

OSI’s Fraud Bureau Announces Grand Jury Indictment in Connection with Auto Theft Crimes and Burglaries

This week, the Office of Superintendent of Insurance’s Fraud Bureau and the 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office began their joint effort to prosecute cases involving auto theft and fraud criminal activity working to clear a large caseload including some repeat and violent offenders.

A Fraud Bureau prosecutor presented to a Bernalillo County grand jury this week securing 27 burglary, auto theft, and drug charges against Defendant Andrew Otero and 19 charges against his partner Josephine Aguilar. This case marks the first of 18 cases assigned to the Fraud Bureau for review and prosecution.

With the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) moving Albuquerque to first in per capita auto theft this year, up from second, combating auto theft and associated white collar insurance crimes is a priority for the Fraud Bureau.

To share resources and information, a multi-jurisdictional Auto Theft Task Force was formed and continues to grow to include statewide Police and Sheriff Departments as well as State Homeland Security, LoJack, and the NICB.

“The ability to share law enforcement resources across the state, and for our Fraud Bureau’s team to be able to investigate and prosecute auto theft crimes will contribute to raising awareness of how this type of crime has an impact on auto insurance rates in the state,” Superintendent John G. Franchini said on Friday. “We look forward to the growth of the Auto Theft Task Force and seeing the impact of more prosecutions for our fellow citizens.”

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.