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Burglars strike library, business

Burglaries continue to plague Pagosa Country businesses, most recently with two Thursday-night burglaries, discovered the morning of Feb. 10, that victimized the Ruby M. Sisson Public Library and a local real estate office.

Little was taken during the incidents.

While it is not currently clear if the two burglaries on that night were connected, the real estate office burglary does show signs of being related to other burglaries in the same area, less than two weeks earlier.

The library burglary was discovered shortly after 8 a.m. Friday morning, with law enforcement dispatched to the library at about 8:20 a.m., said Det. Scott Maxwell of the Pagosa Springs Police Department.

Maxwell said entry was gained via a front window that was smashed.

Video surveillance footage indicated that the burglary occurred at 2:01 a.m. and was committed by a male wearing baggy, light-colored pants and a baggy, light-colored shirt, Maxwell said, adding that exact colors of the clothing were not determined from the video.

Maxwell reported a small amount of money was taken from a donation jar on the library’s counter during the burglary.

The other burglary on that night took place at Jann C. Pitcher Real Estate on Eagle Drive and was the second time in two weeks businesses on Eagle Drive were affected.

Maxwell said the burglary was discovered at 6:45 a.m. and that, as of Tuesday, approximately $350 worth of property was determined to have been taken from the premises.

Entry was gained through an unsecured window, Maxwell reported.

The PSPD’s K-9 unit tracked footprints in the snow to businesses on Pike Drive, as well as to other businesses on Eagle Drive, Maxwell added.

Additionally, a screen was found removed at the site of another Eagle Drive business, but Maxwell said no entry was made into that business.

It was clear, Maxwell said, that the perpetrator had walked around and behind several businesses.

“Apparently, there is somebody who is working that area,” Maxwell said, urging business owners to be cautious about securing their properties and to not leave cash or valuables in businesses overnight.

The Eagle Drive burglary and other attempts are similar to burglaries on Jan. 30.

At 10:45 p.m. on Jan. 30, an alarm call was received from Chivalrous Shark.

Investigating what set off the alarm, law enforcement found footprints and also discovered that a nearby business, Holladay Auto, had been burglarized.

Holladay Auto was entered via a smashed window and a small amount of cash was taken.

Maxwell said there is a “good likelihood” the Eagle Drive burglaries are connected since the suspects were on foot both times and may have parked a car nearby.

Patrols have been increased in the area, Maxwell said.

In addition to urging business owners to exercise caution to prevent successful burglaries, and increasing patrols to the area, Maxwell urged anyone with information to call 264-4151, Ext. 241.

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