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Teen burglars nabbed following heist

Two juveniles who burglarized a home on Lewis Street last week had little time to relish their actions before being caught.

Now, the two will have ample time to reflect on those actions as they make their way through the court system.

Shortly after 3 p.m. on Nov. 22, the resident of a home on the 200 block of Lewis Street returned home and noticed two bicycles in his driveway that did not belong, as well as hearing noises in the garage, according to Det. Scott Maxwell of the Pagosa Springs Police Department.

Upon opening the garage door, the resident saw a juvenile male exiting a window, Maxwell reported.

The resident then reported the incident to law enforcement, including the fact that at least one item had been taken from the residence.

Officers were dispatched to the scene at approximately 3:20 p.m.

Upon arrival, PSPD Chief William Rockensock began searching the hill between Lewis Street and Mesa Heights, while Maxwell and Archuleta County Sheriff’s Deputy Robin Lucero responded to the residence.

As Maxwell was deploying the PSPD’s K-9 unit, Rockensock spotted two suspects moving on the hillside. The two juvenile males were then taken into custody, Maxwell said.

While the two males were in custody, Maxwell said the K-9 unit tracked a trail from the window to the location of the detained suspects, positively identifying one of the suspects.

The resident identified the same suspect, Maxwell reported.

The juveniles had in their possession a backpack with approximately $2,500 worth of jewelry, electronics and other items, as well as some cash.

Both suspects were arrested on charges of second degree burglary, theft and first degree criminal trespass.

Additionally, one of the juveniles was charged with possession of an illegal weapon for possessing brass knuckles, Maxwell reported.

One of the suspects was screened to be held at the Robert Denier Youth Services Center in Durango, while the other was released to his parents, Maxwell said.

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