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One arrested, three face charges in youth center burglary

One young man and three juveniles are facing charges in the early December burglary of the Pagosa Springs Youth Center.

The theft was discovered Dec. 4 and was determined to have occurred the night before.

No forced entry into the building was found, but, “once inside, the subjects did force entry into an office,” said Det. Scott Maxwell of the Pagosa Springs Police Department.

The subjects then stole a laptop computer, as well as a large quantity of food, stereo speakers and a small amount of cash, Maxwell reported.

Additionally, a fire extinguisher was discharged and taken, Maxwell noted.

In total, about $1,500 worth of items were taken and damage amounted to about $200, Maxwell said.

Officers collected evidence at the scene and an evidence technician was called to process the scene, Maxwell said.

“In the course of the investigation, four suspects were developed,” Maxwell said.

One of the suspects, Devon Rosenbalm, 18, was arrested Monday and booked into the Archuleta County Detention Center on charges of 2nd-degree burglary, theft and criminal mischief.

Three juveniles, one age 15 and two 16, will be charged with burglary, Maxwell said.

All four suspects are from Pagosa Springs.

While many of the items stolen were not recovered, the laptop and some of the speakers were found, Maxwell reported.

Despite the fact that some of the burglars were regulars at the center, Director Joanne Irons will welcome them back — when the time is right.

“The boys that were involved in the break-in are good kids that made some bad choices,” Irons wrote in an e-mail. “They will continue to be welcome at the Center after completing the necessary consequences for their actions. We believe the minute they broke in they probably regretted doing so, but they need to be held accountable for what they did.”

And though the center was a victim of the burglary committed by juveniles, Irons believes the crime proves the need for the facility.

“This is just another reason why we need to continue to have a place for our kids and work hard to give them alternative, safe and healthy opportunities,” Irons wrote. “The police did a nice job solving the case and getting our computer back and we are continually grateful for the support we get from our community.”

randi@pagosasun.com