Police seek information in April theft case


Staff Writer

Police are seeking information on a set of kayaks and related gear stolen — and subsequently returned — in April.

Although the majority of the gear was recovered, law enforcement is working to determine where the gear was kept when missing, who had it, and who took it.

On April 4, Pagosa Springs Police Department Officer Tony Kop was dispatched to a residence on the 400 block of Lewis Street on a report of theft, said Det. Scott Maxwell.

At the residence, a victim reported that, the night before, she and her boyfriend had left two kayaks and various items of kayaking equipment on a back porch to dry, and that all of the equipment was gone the next morning.

Then, on April 27, a third party returned the property to a friend of the victims, Maxwell said.

Among those items stolen are a Pyranha kayak (yellow with orange coloring), a Jackson All-Star kayak (orange, with an Arizona flag sticker), as well as related items such as float bags, men’s and women’s neoprene gear, men’s and women’s PFDs, paddles, helmets and more.

Gear stolen was estimated to be worth about $3,700, Maxwell reported.

“We’re looking for information as to the theft or possession or whereabouts of this property in between those dates,” said Maxwell.

Maxwell said he has reason to believe the property was possibly at a residence in the northern section of the downtown area.

Anyone with information is asked to call Maxwell at 264-4151, Ext. 241, or contact Archuleta County Crime Stoppers by calling 264-2133, visiting www.pagosacrime.com, or by texting “ACCST” plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

Maxwell added that anyone who provides information leading to an arrest will be eligible for a cash reward.