A Truth or Consequences woman could face multiple charges including receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle.
On the morning of Feb. 26, the Bernalillo Police Department stopped a silver 2002 Pontiac Bonneville driven by 39-year-old Crystal Hott at 254 E. U.S. 550 because the license plate did not match a description of the vehicle that belonged to a person named Elijah Martin.
The officer learned that she had a warrant for failing to comply with the conditions of probation. A record check was then conducted on the vehicle, and it was discovered that it had been stolen from Elephant Butte, according to a criminal complaint.
During a vehicle search, the officer found a multicolored bag containing credit cards, driver’s licenses, a Social Security card and insurance cards belonging to different people.
Also inside the bag was a grey wallet with four clear baggies containing a white, crystal-like substance that later tested presumptive positive for meth, the complaint states.
Sierra County Sheriff Glenn Hamilton told the Observer that his office has not received any information from the Bernalillo Police Department regarding the case.
“We have no record of a recent report from the city of Elephant Butte that relates to the unlawful taking of a motor vehicle,” he added.
Hott, who did not plea at her initial court appearance on March 28, was scheduled to attend a preliminary hearing at Bernalillo Magistrate Court Wednesday, but that was pushed back to May 25.
She is accused of allegedly receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle, a felony; possession of a controlled substance, a fourth-degree felony; and receiving stolen property (dispose), valued between $100 and $250.
It is unknown what type of felony the receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle charge is, as the criminal complaint does not state whether Hott’s alleged actions was a first-time offense, a second offense, or a third or subsequent offense.
If convicted, Hott could receive up to 11 1/2 years in prison and a $15,500 fine.