Suspects arrested in burglary incidents

Archuleta County Sheriff deputies made arrests during the past week related to two recent break-ins.

On Feb. 2, Deputy Michael Bishop responded at 2:54 a.m. to an alarm at Rio Grande Savings and Loan, at U.S. 160 and Piedra Road.

Bishop responded to the back of the building and observed a male suspect walking through the parking lot of a nearby restaurant, then observed the suspect throw something in a snowbank.

Bishop detained the suspect, Victor Gustavo Cardenas-Palacios, 18, of Colima, Mexico. The deputy noted that the glass door at the back of the bank building was shattered and found objects in the snowbank consistent with what might be used to break into a building.

A search of the building indicated someone had unsuccessfully attempted to break into a safe and an automatic teller machine.

Cardenas-Palacios was taken to the Archuleta County Jail and held on a charge of 2nd-degree Burglary. He was also charged with a weapons offense when, upon being booked into the jail, a knife was found in one of his boots.

Sheriff officials also state that Cardenas-Palacios matches the description of a suspect who broke into the same building on Jan. 26, 2008. That break-in was filmed by a video surveillance camera at the bank.

Further investigation is underway in an attempt to connect Cardenas-Palacios to both burglaries at the Rio Grande Savings and Loan building. Cardenas will be charged in District Court in the near future.

Suspects were also arrested in connection with an attempted burglary at the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs shelter on Cloman Boulevard on Jan. 24, 2009.

On Jan. 23, three dogs allegedly owned by Kelly Abresch, of Pagosa Springs, were impounded by Animal Control Supervisor Chris Crump following a citizen complaint about the animals. Crump contacted Abresch and advised her to meet with him prior to release of the dogs from the shelter.

Before the meeting could take place, two local men known to Abresch — John Crawford, 40, and Thomas R. Sheets, 39 — allegedly attempted to break into the shelter. Their actions were filmed by a video surveillance camera.

The suspects were arrested and taken to the Archuleta County Jail. Crawford was charged with Criminal Attempted Burglary and a protection order violation. Sheets was charged with Criminal Attempted Burglary, False Reporting to Authorities and a parole violation.

Abresch was issued a summons for allowing a dog to run loose.