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Police seek suspects in burglaries, theft

Staff Writer

The Pagosa Springs Police Department is seeking information about two burglaries that occurred earlier this week.

The burglaries took place either Monday evening or Tuesday morning, said Det. Scott Maxwell.

One burglary occurred at Coates Collision Center on Majestic Drive, with a laptop computer and digital camera reported missing, Maxwell said.

Maxwell said the second burglary occurred at Toner Mountain Copiers on Eagle Drive, with cash, a Mac laptop and a Mac Mini computer reported missing.

The PSPD is also seeking help to identify a woman who used a stolen credit card to purchase orange juice at a local liquor store, as well as who may have stolen the wallet the credit card was in.

On Oct. 28, PSPD Officer Brooks Brown was contacted by a man at about 6:30 p.m., with the man reporting that his wallet was stolen earlier in the day, Maxwell said.

The victim said he was at The Springs Resort about 4:30 p.m. and forgot his wallet, which he left on top of a locker. When he returned, the wallet was gone.

The man’s credit card was later used at Plaza Liquors by a woman Maxwell described as heavy set and Hispanic.

Maxwell said the woman attempted to use the credit card and a fake ID to purchase alcohol, but the clerk denied the sale. The suspect ended up purchasing orange juice with the credit card before leaving.

Anyone with information is asked to call Maxwell at 264-4151, Ext. 241.

randi@pagosasun.com

 

 

 

 

This story was posted on November 7, 2013.
  • littledrummerboy

    i hate to sound like a jerk, but the wallet was certainly not stolen. the “victim” was dumb enough to leave it in a public place for some stranger to find. what do you expect would happen to it? duh. if it had indeed been “stolen”, there would have been a heck of a lot more than orange juice purchased with the credit card. some immature young woman with weak morals was tempted and is now a wanted criminal because of this man’s negligence. i think she should be allowed to return the wallet with no questions asked and maybe the “victim” will learn not to leave tempting valuables laying around in public. the responsibility for this “crime” lies with both parties. if i left the front door to my home wide open while l was out of town for a couple days, would it not be my fault to find all my stuff gone upon my return? we can’t just naively expect everyone in the world to be have honest character. if this girl gets caught and the “victim” presses charges for stealing the wallet, is that justice? i can’t excuse her behavior, but many decent and considerate adults made similar mistakes in their youths, myself included.

    • Brian griffin

      I beg to differ. If you take something you know does not belong to you, you are committing a theft, no matter the circumstances.

    • Hotch

      When most credit cards are stolen and intended to attempt to use the first purchase is always small to see if it is still active! duh!

    • Craig

      I’m glad you don’t write laws for Colorado. This state would be in trouble. If a maid working inside a home finds a wallet, it’s ok to take the wallet and use the credit cards. If I exit my vehicle and the leave the engine on, it’s ok for someone to enter my vehicle and steal it. This was a crime of opportunity and their is no excuse for the Suspect’s actions. They are a thief, period and they will filed on for the crime. I feel sad for the victim. I’ve been a victim of identity thief and it’s not fun. I hope your never a victim of a crime, it’s terrible. That’s why I enjoy investigating crimes and prosecuting them for a living. I have the best job in the world. I always worry when guys like you are seated on a jury and want to let the suspect’s off on their crimes, C

      • littledrummerboy

        i have been the victim of crime, many many times, including identity theft. i guess you missed my point: we have a responsibility to secure our possessions in this society. when we neglectfully allow ourselves to be vulnerable it CREATES crime. i never suggested that the girl was innocent. i merely was pointing out that she FOUND a wallet, she didn’t steal it. what she did with the wallet after finding it was indeed inappropriate and illegal. she was just as dumb as the guy who left his wallet laying around. she didn’t violate his personal, private space in order to gain possession of the wallet. let me illustrate it this way: if someone reaches in the open window of my car and takes my wallet, then they have stolen it. correct? if instead they picked my wallet up off the pavement right outside of my car after i dropped it and went on my merry way, they did NOT steal it. they FOUND it. right????? would it be ok to charge someone with theft if they found the wallet in the parking lot? no, of course not! obviously if they go on a credit card spree, we can pretty much assume a crime has taken place and strict prosecution would most definitely be in order. i wouldn’t consider a bottle of orange juice to be much of a spending spree. how traumatic that must have been for our poor “victim”! it’s too bad you worry when critical thinkers like myself are on your jury. i am not immoral or unethical, as you suspect. nor do i think we should let all the criminals run free. i just want a little fairness and accuracy reflected in the charges. i don’t appreciate over-zealous police nor the costly trials that clog our courtrooms. there are many ways to look at the facts of any case. it would be a disservice to justice to dismiss viewpoints other than your own. speaking of crime, how much taxpayer money should be spent for you to prosecute this girl? perhaps i was a little naive to suggest the girl be allowed to return the wallet and apologize. settling a dispute outside of the criminal justice system and allowing a young woman to have a second chance seems to me something a compassionate community might value, but again – maybe i am being naive to expect anything but gleeful vengeance when you send this girl to jail for making a $1.59 unauthorized purchase.

        • ajpagosa

          Jeez. If they pick up the wallet and then try to buy booze with the credit card that was inside it, yeah they STOLE it.