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LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) -- An Albuquerque man has been accused of
illegally possessing identification badges from the U.S. Department
of Energy and Los Alamos National Laboratory that had been stolen
from a home and cars of DOE employees and lab scientists.
A federal grand jury last month indicted Brandon Kerby, 30, on seven
charges, including possessing government identification, carjacking,
brandishing a firearm during a carjacking and being a felon in
possession of a firearm.
Rosemarie J. Peterson, a special agent with the DOE's Office of
Inspector General, said in court documents that Kerby was questioned
by the FBI. She said he admitted to breaking into vehicles and taking
identification badges from Los Alamos scientists "although he never
considered trying to 'get in Los Alamos laboratories."'
Authorities allege three badges were stolen from cars and one was
stolen during a home burglary between May 12 and May 18, 2003.
The badges turned up in Greenwood Village, Colo., that month when
Greenwood Village police were investigating a vehicle reportedly
stolen that was located at a hotel. Kerby is not accused of stealing
that vehicle, his attorney said.
Police allege they found three men, including Kerby, operating a
mobile identity theft office out of a hotel room. They said they
found four government identification badges -- two belonging to DOE
employees and two belonging to Los Alamos employees; more than 15
stolen credit cards; driver's licenses and other forms of
identification from New Mexico, Colorado and Texas; motor vehicle
titles; a handgun stolen from a Customs agent; two other stolen
vehicles; and computer equipment.
Kerby's attorney, Hank Farrah of Albuquerque, said he could not
comment on the case. However, he said a scheduled Aug. 14 federal
trial date in Albuquerque for Kerby probably would be continued.
Kerby is jailed in Torrance County east of Albuquerque.
A spokeswoman for the DOE Inspector General in Washington, D.C.,
Wilma Slaughter, had no comment because the case remains under
Lab spokesman Kevin Roark said badges are stolen occasionally, most
often from employees' cars. When someone reports a stolen badge, the
lab's security division deactivates it so its magnetic strip does not
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"So if anybody tries to use it, it will show up in the databases, but
it won't allow anyone access or anything," Roark said.