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Burglary suspects arrested, charged

Four men are in custody in connection with a rash of recent burglaries dating back to March, with initial charges filed against all four.

The Pagosa Springs Police Department and Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office worked together to arrest two pairs of men in connection with the recent rashes of burglaries in Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County.

Both sets of arrests, however, took place in the early morning of June 30.

Shortly after midnight on June 30, the two agencies executed a search warrant on a house on Sam Houston Avenue belonging to Toby Martinez, 28, recovering several stolen items in the process, authorities reported.

Items recovered were linked to recent burglaries at The Buck Stops Here located in Aspen Springs, Good Earth Meds and The Outfitter, said Det. Rich Valdez of the ACSO.

Additionally, some items recovered were linked to a stolen vehicle out of Durango — the incident reported on June 22, Valdez said.

As the search proceeded, some burglary suspects were questioned, with one arrested.

Allan Vanness, 19, was arrested at the house and Fermin Villareal, 25, was later arrested at an apartment on South Ninth Street, said Valdez and Det. Scott Maxwell of the PSPD.

Martinez was not arrested.

Vanness and Villareal are suspected in recent burglaries of the Pagosa Pregnancy Support Center, Wolf Creek Anglers (recently burglarized twice), The Lift, Appraisal Services, Inc., the Pagosa Veterinary Clinic, The Buck Stops Here, Good Earth Meds and in one vehicle theft, Valdez said.

Vanness and Villareal are being held in the Archuleta County Detention Center.

Charges were filed against the pair on Wednesday afternoon in front of Archuleta County Court Judge Jim Denvir.

Both men face three counts of second-degree burglary for the burglaries of the veterinary clinic, The Buck Stops Here and the medical marijuana facility. The charges are class four felonies.

Additionally, both men face three counts of theft, each a class two misdemeanor.

Vanness is being held on a $10,000 bond with cash surety requirement.

Villareal’s bond was reduced to $5,000 with cash surety requirement.

A second set of burglary suspects was also taken into custody early on June 30.

Although two suspects were arrested at the time of the search, authorities said the search warrant was connected to two other burglary suspects who were coincidentally arrested on assault charges that night after a fight at a local bar.

On June 30, authorities responded to a fight on the patio of the Bear Creek Saloon and Grill at approximately 1:30 a.m. in which witnesses and the victim in the fight reported that two males had picked a fight with a visitor, Maxwell said.

The two males — Angelo Rivard, 23, and Dominique Swanson, 27 — were arrested for second-degree felony assault, Maxwell reported.

Rivard and Swanson are also suspected in the March burglaries of the San Juan Historical Society Museum, The Outfitter, the March burglary of the Wolf Creek Anglers and a residential burglary, Maxwell said.

Rivard and Swanson each face two cases — one each stemming from the assault and one from the burglaries — for which charges were filed Wednesday afternoon.

Both men are charged with second degree assault, a class four felony.

In the burglary case, both men are charged with three counts of second-degree burglary and three counts of theft, all class four felonies, for the burglaries of Wolf Creek Anglers, the San Juan Historical Society Museum and The Outfitter.

Both men are also being held in the local jail, with Rivard being held on a $15,000 cash-only bond.

Swanson is being held on a $25,000 cash-only bond.

All four men could face additional charges following investigations still underway into the alleged incidents.

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