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Plea deals in burglary cases

Two Pagosa Springs men, Allan Vanness and Fermin Villareal, took plea deals Tuesday for their involvement in a string of burglaries last summer.

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

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

Vanness is expected to be sentenced in December, Lowe said, with Villareal likely to be sentenced in January.

Deputy District Attorney Alex Lowe reported Tuesday that Vanness pleaded guilty to one count of burglary, a class four felony.

In an unrelated case of an auto theft from Durango, Lowe said Vanness pleaded guilty to one count of class six auto theft.

The car was stolen out of Durango and found abandoned in Aspen Springs.

Lowe said the auto theft occurred prior to Vanness’ arrest on burglary charges, but that, in light of the burglary charges, Durango dropped the charges and allowed them to be filed in Pagosa Springs.

As part of the plea agreement, it was stipulated that Vanness will serve probation, will pay full restitution and will serve no further jail time, Lowe reported.

For his plea agreement,Villareal pleaded guilty to one count of class-four felony burglary and one county of class-two misdemeanor theft.

The agreements include stipulations of probation, a maximum of 90 days in jail, and stipulated restitution, meaning he will not contest the restitutuion up to a give the amount, Lowe said.

Last summer, the Pagosa Springs Police Department and Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office worked together to arrest two separate pairs of men in connection with a rash of burglaries in Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County that took place between March and June.

Both sets of arrests 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, 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, Det. Rich Valdez of the ACSO said at the time.

Additionally, some items recovered were linked to the stolen vehicle out of Durango that was reported on June 22.

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

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.

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

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