Artesia couple charged with bank robbery and accessory after the fact

An Artesia man and woman are accused of bank robbery and destruction of evidence, according to the United States Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque.

Roman Andrew Poulsen, 39, was charged with bank robbery and Lori Crapo, 40, was charged with accessory after the fact, per a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Both allegedly entered the Washington Federal Bank at 602 West Texas Street on July 15 and handed a teller a note demanding money, read the press release.

One suspect, who law enforcement believe was Paulson, wore a mask, dark glasses, and a hood during the robbery.

Following the robbery, law enforcement suspect Poulsen took the stolen money to a hotel where he and Crapo resided, the release cited.

Officials said the two attempted to burn evidence in a nearby trash dumpster, though the blaze was extinguished later with a fire extinguisher.