A cell phone found near a Put Hill crime scene helped lead law enforcement officers to two key suspects in a Sept. 10 burglary where thieves netted about $15,000 worth of guitars, music CDs, video games and other accessories from a local music store.
According to Pagosa Springs Police Department Detective Scott Maxwell, the incident occurred at Howlin’ Wolf Music located at 2035 Eagle Drive west of downtown Pagosa Springs.
According to Maxwell, Archuleta County sheriff’s deputies nabbed 19-year-old Robert Rader and 18-year-old Patrick Cleveland Sept. 10 as they attempted to leave Rader’s duplex.
Following their detainment, an execution of a search warrant for Rader’s residence led to the recovery of most of the stolen merchandise. Rader and Cleveland both face felony charges for their alleged connection to the theft and burglary. Both men are from Pagosa Springs.
According to Maxwell, a key lead was uncovered when crime scene investigators discovered a cell phone in the parking lot in front of the music store.
Maxwell said detectives checked the phone’s incoming and outgoing calls, and a digital trail appeared, ultimately leading them to Rader and Rader’s duplex.
Rader and Cleveland are both being held in the Archuleta County Jail. They will appear before Archuleta County Judge Jim Denvir today.