Suspect sought in burglary spree


Law enforcement officers are on the lookout for a local man suspected in a number of unsolved burglaries in Archuleta County in recent weeks.

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The search for the suspect, Adam Allen, 32, also led to a manhunt in the Aspen Springs area Saturday afternoon, when the man fled from authorities.

Det. Brandon Bishop of the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office said he received a call from a confidential informant on Oct. 1 that pointed him in the direction of Allen, as well as to stolen property.

Since that call, Bishop said search warrants have been carried out in both Pagosa Springs and Alamosa, with one firearm and “hundreds” of other stolen items recovered.

“Adam Allen is suspected in dozens of burglaries,” Bishop said, noting that the cases included in the arrest warrant, obtained Monday, Oct. 7, are burglaries of storage units in recent weeks.

That warrant is for first-degree burglary and theft by receiving stolen property, Bishop said.

Bishop said he received a second tip Saturday, Oct. 5, reporting that Allen was in the area of Aspen Springs and County Road 700, but that Allen, “caught wind” of the tip and fled ahead of the arrival of deputies seeking to arrest him.

Bishop said he received the tip at about 1 p.m., and said  law enforcement officials continued to search the area for Allen until 8 p.m., when darkness caused them to discontinue the search.

During that manhunt, an emergency notification call was sent to area residents warning them of the situation.

Bishop said there is no information about whether or not the suspect was armed Saturday.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspect, on burglaries, or on any other case are asked to contact Archuleta County Crime Stoppers by calling 264-2133, visiting, or by texting “ACCST” plus a message to 274637 (CRIMES).