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Police seek suspect in auto theft case

The Pagosa Springs Police Department is on the lookout for a person of interest suspected to be involved in the theft and subsequent crash of a vehicle stolen late last week.

The person of interest was last seen in Chromo on the morning of Nov. 12 and is described as being a Native American or Hispanic male in his late teens or early 20s, 5-7, 190 pounds with a husky build.

The man is thought to have brown eyes, brown or black hair cut short in at least the front, and is thought to have either acne or acne scars on his face.

The man was last seen wearing a white T-shirt with something printed on it and baggy pants.

Sometime between 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, and and 6 a.m. Nov. 12, a green 1999 Ford F350 pickup truck with a camper shell was stolen from the parking lot of the Pagosa Springs Inn and Suites on Village Drive, said Det. Scott Maxwell of the PSPD.

Later on the morning of Nov. 12, the vehicle was found wrecked on U.S. 84 at about mile marker 7, near Chromo.

At about 6:30 a.m. that morning, the man was seen at the Chromo Mercantile, on foot, by a bus driver who had passed the wrecked truck only minutes before.

The man approached the bus driver asking for a ride to Chama, N.M., but his request was denied.

Anyone with information on the identity of the man, who may have given him a ride to Chama or elsewhere, or anyone who saw him walking along U.S. 84 or in Pagosa Springs earlier is asked to call Maxwell of the PSPD at 264-4151, Ext. 241.

randi@pagosasun.com