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Arrest made in condo burglaries

An arrest has been made in a rash of burglaries that took place during the week of April 23.

Louis Caesar Jordan, 31, was arrested May 8, following a tip that led to two search warrants and the discovery of stolen items.

A total of 13 flat screen televisions were stolen from 13 different condos in the Pagosa Lakes area over two nights the week of April 23, as well as three Blu-ray players and one stereo. The burglaries took place in the Ptarmigan condos, which are a part of Wyndham Pagosa, indicated Det. Rich Valdez of the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office, previously.

Valdez said the burglaries took place on two different days, with two reports filed on April 24 and 11 reports filed on April 27. Several other burglary attempts were made, as well.

Valdez said he received a tip from Wyndham the morning of May 8 indicating that a male was keeping the TVs at two different locations and that they were being sold.

The investigation then gathered enough information for search warrants to be obtained for the two locations — 343 Fireside Street and 158 Eaton Drive, Unit 202A.

Valdez said a plan to carry out the search warrants was put in place with help from Deputy Brandon Bishop and, with assistance from the Pagosa Springs Police Department, two teams executed the two search warrants simultaneously.

During the searches, three TVs and the stereo were recovered, Valdez said.

Several people were interviewed during the searches, revealing the TVs and Blu-ray players and leading to the recovery of an additional TV and a Blu-ray player.

Additionally, warrants for nontestimonial evidence (DNA and fingerprints for identification purposes) were served on three adult males.

The searches also led to the arrest of Jordan.

Valdez said the ACSO is still on the lookout for the remaining stolen goods.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at www.pagosacrime.com or 264-2133, or to contact Valdez at 264-8430.

“Information tips help us out so much,” Valdez said. “Sometimes we can’t do it without the help of the public, and that’s why Crime Stoppers is so important.”

randi@pagosasun.com

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