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Burglary nets over $10,000

More than $10,000 worth of cash and merchandise was stolen from a Pagosa Springs convenience store early Sunday morning.

At approximately 1:15 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 6, two suspects, clad in black and carrying tools, burglarized the Everyday Store at 300 E. Pagosa St., making off with a large amount of cash and over $1,000 worth of merchandise from the store — mostly cartons of cigarettes, said Pagosa Springs Police Department Det. Scott Maxwell.

The two suspects — wearing black gloves, black pants, black hoodies and black masks — broke in through the back door before spending approximately an hour in the store, Maxwell said.

Using the tools they brought with them, the suspects broke into an ATM machine to steal the cash, Maxwell said.

The suspects also stacked some merchandise outside the back door of the store, but did not take the items.

Authorities were alerted to the burglary shortly before 6 a.m. Sunday morning when a store employee arrived to open the establishment.

Maxwell said the PSPD deployed a K-9 unit at the scene. The dog followed a scent trail from the items left behind the store to the field between the convenience store and the Junction Restaurant, as well as around the back of the Junction to the restaurant’s parking lot before the scent was lost.

“The investigation is active and we do believe the subjects arrived and left in a vehicle that had been parked at the lot at the Junction,” Maxwell said.

Anyone with information or who recalls seeing any vehicles in the parking lot between midnight and 3 a.m. on Feb. 6 is asked to call Maxwell at 264-4151 ext. 241.

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