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Seven years for Arboles burglar

For Lambert Gachupin, 27, of Pagosa Springs, a prison sentence handed down by District Court Judge Gregory Lyman on March 6 may have been welcome.

For his involvement in the December burglary of an Arboles home, Gachupin was sentenced to serve seven years in the Colorado Department of Corrections (DoC), Deputy District Attorney Alex Lowe reported.

At his first court appearance on the charges, Gachupin was eager to sign a deal in order to move on to the DoC, but the case was continued after Gachupin spoke to his attorney.

Two weeks later, Gachupin pleaded guilty to burglary charges in emphatic fashion. When asked for his plea, Gachupin responded, “Guilty as sin.”

Gachupin’s guilty plea was in response to a charge of second-degree burglary, a class 3 felony, for his involvement in the December burglary of an Arboles home.

At about 7 p.m. on Dec. 20, a confidential informant contacted Archuleta County Sheriff Deputy Brandon Bishop concerning possible stolen property taken from a house on Colo. 151, near Arboles.

That informant, said Det. Lando Garcia, reported to Bishop that a woman wanted to talk to him because she had property belonging to a man, Gachupin, at her house.

According to Garcia, the woman said Gachupin was storing property at her house, but that she was unaware of what the property was until she heard the informant discussing the burglary.

After hearing of the burglary, the woman looked at the property, which was reportedly stored under a blanket in her cellar, and discovered 12 guns.

Bishop and Garcia responded to the scene, where the 12 guns and two iPods taken in the burglary were recovered.

Garcia said jewelry taken in the burglary was not recovered.

In the process of investigating the matter, other individuals stepped forward with information, Garcia reported at the time.

One individual, Lisa Williams, reported that she had stayed at the burglarized home in Arboles for several days with a friend prior to the incident.

While there, Williams reported that Gachupin, her boyfriend, had visited the house and “checked the house out,” Garcia said.

Later, Gachupin reportedly told Williams he was going to rob the house and needed a ride.

Garcia said the pair allegedly received a ride from Nahtana Sell to the home in order to burglarize it.

Gachupin and Sell were arrested on charges of second-degree burglary. Williams was arrested later.

New Mexico court information indicates that Gachupin’s upcoming prison time is not his first.

Gachupin recently completed a sentence in the New Mexico Department of Corrections on robbery charges dating back to 2008.

randi@pagosasun.com

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