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Burglar sentenced for summer spree

Allan Vanness, a Pagosa Springs man who pleaded guilty to involvement in last summer’s rash of local burglaries, was sentenced in Judge Gregory Lyman’s District Courtroom Tuesday.

In a plea agreement, Vanness pleaded guilty to one count of burglary, a class four felony, on Nov. 15.

Vanness was originally charged with three counts of second-degree burglary for the burglaries of the Pagosa Veterinary Clinic, The Buck Stops Here and the local medical marijuana dispensary. The charges are class four felonies.

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

As per the plea, Deputy District Attorney Alex Lowe said Vanness will serve no more jail time (he has already served over 90 days), but will serve three years of probation, 100 hours of useful community service, and will pay full restitution in both cases, which Lowe said totals just under $6,000.

In a related case of an auto theft from Durango, Vanness pleaded guilty to one county of class six auto theft, also on Nov. 15.

The car was stolen in 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.

Last summer, Pagosa Springs Police Department and Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office worked together to arrest two separate pairs of men in connection with the 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.

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 vehicle theft in Durango that was reported on June 22.

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

Vanness, 19, was arrested at the house on Sam Houston 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.

Villareal, who also pleaded guilty, is anticipated to be sentenced in January.

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