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Burglars plague Pagosa businesses

A rash of burglaries through the holiday season and beyond have local law enforcement scrambling.

Personnel at the Pagosa Springs Police Department are seeking information on a number of unsolved burglaries that have happened within the town limits since Christmas.

The first of the burglaries reported by Det. Scott Maxwell of the PSPD took place sometime between 10 p.m. on Dec. 24 and early the next morning, Christmas Day, at McDonald’s, in the Pagosa Country Center.

Maxwell said someone may have hidden inside of the building, later attempting to break into a safe housed in the business.

“There was extensive damage done to the safe, but they were unsuccessful getting in,” Maxwell said.

Maxwell said it is also believed that the suspect or suspects were in a vehicle, and information is being sought about any suspicious vehicles or people in the area around the time of the attempted burglary.

The second of the in-town burglaries reported by Maxwell was also unsuccessful.

An attempted residential burglary took place at the Trinity Apartments around 11 p.m. on Dec. 27, Maxwell said, but was thwarted by a neighbor.

Maxwell said a resident of the apartments reported seeing a person dressed in black trying to enter a neighbor’s window.

When the man yelled at the individual, however, the would-be burglar reportedly fled, Maxwell indicated.

The third of the unsolved incidents happened some time on the night of Jan. 3 or the early morning of Jan. 4.

Maxwell said a pickup truck with a large, enclosed snowmobile trailer was broken into as it sat in the San Juan Motel parking lot.

The offender broke a window and rifled through the vehicle, Maxwell said.

A few days later, on the night of Jan. 8 or morning of Jan. 9, burglars again hit the area, this time taking a large amount of cash from Summit Ski and Sports, Maxwell said.

The burglar or burglars forced entry into the business, Maxwell reported.

The next burglaries within the town limits all occurred at some time during the night of Jan. 9 or early morning of Jan. 10, with four downtown businesses affected.

Cash was taken from The Rose restaurant following a forced entry via the back door.

Two businesses affected are located at 452 Pagosa St.

Maxwell reported that the burglar(s) appear to have gained access to the building via adjacent roofs, from which they gained access to a rear balcony of the building at 452 Pagosa St. and forced entry through a door.

Maxwell indicated that the offender(s) attempted a burglary of the Pagosa Land Company, but were unsuccessful at forcing entry.

They were successful, however, at forcing entry into the Visiting Angels office, stealing a large amount of cash, Maxwell said.

Burglars also attempted to pry open a window that night at Seeds of Learning, located on South 7th Street, but were, again, unsuccessful.

Maxwell said it is unclear if any of the burglaries are connected, though there is a likelihood that the Monday-night incidents are related.

Anyone with information, or who may have witnessed suspicious activity, is asked to contact Maxwell at 264-4151, Ext. 241.

In addition, Maxwell reiterated pertinent advice to business owners to prevent damage from burglaries — “Do not leave cash in your business.”

Maxwell stressed that no cash should be left anywhere in a business overnight, including hidden, in safes, bank bags or in cash registers.

Additionally, Maxwell said laptop computers tend to be a favorite targets for burglars due to their portability and value.

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