Conejos County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Conejos County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 14044 County Rd G.5, Antonito, 81120 CO
  • Chief:
Phone: 719-376-2196
Fax: (719) 376-2557
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Conejos County Sheriff's Office is located at 14044 County Rd G.5, Antonito, 81120 CO. The Conejos County Sheriff's Office phone number is 719-376-2196.

Conejos County Sheriff's Office News

Press Release 02/08/2018 Kyle Cornett Pauley 31, of Sanford, Colorado was arrested on Wednesday, January 31st 2018 as a result of an investigation led by the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office into an armed robbery that occurred Tuesday, January 30th 2018 around 7:20 PM at County Line Liquor in La Jara, Colorado. According to witnesses, the suspect was wearing dark clothes, had a gun on him and was last seen heading east from the store. While the Sheriff’s Office was conducting the investigation at the County Line Liquor Store the La Jara Police Department along with other Sheriff’s Office Patrol Staff started searching the area. As per the order of Conejos County Sheriff Howard Galvez Jr. there was a call sent out to the local citizens cautioning them to lock their doors and windows and call 911 if they observed anyone suspicious in the area. While checking the area, Sheriff Patrol Staff contacted a male party that appeared to match the description of the suspect that robbed the store and was identified as Kyle Pauley. During the investigation Sheriff’s Deputies Nicholas Summers and Luis Sisneros obtained enough information and evidence to place Pauley into custody the following day. Pauley was arrested without incident at his residence. While at the residence Sheriff Staff spoke with Pauley’s girlfriend identified as Jaimie Romero 26, which also resides at the residence. When asked if Law Enforcement could search the residence Romero said she would rather Law Enforcement not search or check the residence. Later, after obtaining a search warrant for Romero’s and Pauley’s residence, the Sheriff’s Office was able to collect evidence that suggested Pauley was involved in the robbery at the store in La Jara. Pauley was charged with the following criminal charges: Aggravated Robbery F-3, 1st Degree Burglary F-3, Possession of Weapons by previous Offender F-5, menacing f-5, Theft M-2. Pauley’s Bond Amount is currently set at $60,000.00 Cash Surety. As a result of executing the search warrant, further investigation and conducting interviews numerous other cases could possibly be solved throughout the San Luis Valley. There was a report of a burglary, March of 2017 on Birch St. in Sanford and most of the items that were stolen were recovered from the Pauley residence. Criminal Charges of Burglary F-3 and theft F-6 are pending in this case. Stolen items were located and recovered from a second case that has remained open from the same residence on Birch St. in Sanford, Co. In this case criminal charges of Theft M-1 and Second Degree Criminal Trespass M-3 will also be added to the already long list of criminal charges against Pauley. The Conejos County Sheriff’s Office was able to provide other Law Enforcement Agencies throughout the San Luis Valley with information to assist them with crimes that were committed within their respective jurisdictions, city limits of Del Norte, Bank Robbery, Four robberies within city limits of Alamosa, one Burglary within city limits of Monte Vista.

Press Release 12/07/2017 Joshua Martinez 25 of Manassa, Colorado was arrested Friday November 17th 2017 on a burglary arrest warrant(s) and he is currently being held at the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office. Martinez is charged with Burglary 2-of Dwelling F3 (Class 3 Felony), Theft-$300-$750 M2 (Class 2 Misdemeanor) stemming from a burglary incident that occurred around Thursday June 15-2017 in the area of the twenty one thousand block of County Road twenty eight Sanford, Co. (Within Conejos County). Martinez is also charged with a second Burglary 2-of Dwelling F3 (Class 3 Felony), Theft-$2,000-$5,000 F6 (Class 6 Felony) from an incident that occurred around the area of the nine thousand block of County Road seventeen Antonito, Co. (Within Conejos County) on Tuesday July 18-2017. Martinez is also charged with a third Burglary 2-of Dwelling F3 (Class 3 Felony), Theft-$2,000-$5,000 F6 (Class 6 Felony), Criminal Mischief-$750-$1000 M1 (Class 1 Misdemeanor) from an incident that occurred around the area of the ten thousand block of County Road 13 Antonito, Co. (Within Conejos County) on Thursday, November 09-2017. Martinez's bond is currently set at $130,000 for all three pending cases.

Press Release 11/30/2017 Timothy L Luttrull 49 of Burfordville, Mo. Along with Katherine M Henson 37 of Jackson, Mo. turned themselves into the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office on outstanding arrest warrants early morning on Tuesday November 21, 2017. Mr. Lutrull is being held on a $ 25000.00 bond at the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office and being charged with Burglary 2-of Dwelling a F-3 (Class 3 Felony), Burglary 2-of Dwelling-csp F4 (Class 4 Felony), and Theft-$20,000-$100,000 F4 (Class 4 Felony) from a burglary that occurred on top of Cumbers/La Manga Pass around the beginning of August 2017. Mr. Lutrull is also being held on a $ 50000.00 bond for Burglary 2-of Dwelling F3 (Class 3 Felony), Burglary 2-of Dwelling-csp F4 (Class 4 Felony), and Theft-$2,000-$5,000, Criminal Mischief-under $300 M3 (Class 3 Misdemeanor) for a burglary of a residence around Massey Creek Road in Antonito, Co. sometime between July 30th 2017 and August 5th 2017. Ms. Henson is being held on a $ 25000.00 bond being held at the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office and being charged with Burglary 2-of Dwelling a F-3 (Class 3 Felony), Burglary 2-of Dwelling-csp F4 (Class 4 Felony), and Theft-$20,000-$100,000 F4 (Class 4 Felony) from a burglary that occurred on top of Cumbers/La Manga Pass around the beginning of August 2017. Ms. Henson is also being held on a $ 50000.00 bond for Burglary 2-of Dwelling F3 (Class 3 Felony), Burglary 2-of Dwelling-csp F4 (Class 4 Felony), and Theft-$2,000-$5,000, Criminal Mischief-under $300 M3 (Class 3 Misdemeanor) for a burglary of a residence around Massey Creek Road in Antonito, Co. sometime between July 30th 2017 and August 5th 2017. Stemming from the burglary ring within southern Conejos County the Pagosa Springs Police Department and the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office have been working together and as a result, both Luttrull and Henson have to answer to the following criminal charges in Archuleta County. Pagosa Springs Police Department charged Luttrull with the following: Theft-$20,000-$100,000 F4 (Class 4 Felony), Weapon-poss/previous Offend-any Prior Fe F6 (Class 6 Felony), Bond is set at $10,000.00. Archuleta County Sheriff Office charged Luttrull with the following: Resisting Arrest M2 (Class 2 Misdemeanor), Obstructing a Peace Officer M2 (Class 2 Misdemeanor) Bond is set at $500.00 Pagosa Springs Police Department charged Hensonl with the following: Theft-$20,000-$100,000 F4 (Class 4 Felony), Weapon-poss/previous Offend-any Prior Fe F6 (Class 6 Felony), Bond is set at $10,000.00.

Howard Galvez Jr.,Conejos County Sheriff,is pleased to announce that Mckenzie Caldon is this years's recipient of the Colorado,CSOC,scholarship award for Conejos County. CSOC,Colorado's state sheriff's association,offered a total of 31 awards of $500 each this year to deserving high school college students in Colorado to fund higher-level educational expenses for the 2017-2018 academic year. A citizens' committee selected the winner for each county. Committees made their selections based upon criteria established by CSOC, including leadership, merit, character, involvement, purpose and need. Applicants were required to be full time, legal Colorado residents who planned to attend a Colorado university, college or trade school. This is the 38th year for the CSOC scholarship program. Monies for the program are derived, in part, from the CSOC honorary membership fund, which consists of contributions from individiual citizens and businesses each year.

Local business scams Conejos County citizens have been receiving calls from local business numbers asking if you have stayed in a hotel or resort or stating you have won a cruise. They ask for you by name or ask you a question and wait for you to say “yes.” If you say “yes” to them, they can start a credit card in your name. If you get a call from a local number or from a local business, including the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office and you are not sure if it is a legitimate call, or if the call seems suspicious hang up immediately, and NEVER give out personal information. Citizens have been getting calls on their landlines and cell phones!

Conejos County Citizens, Conejos County Sheriff Howard C Galvez Jr. would like to remind everyone that is either considering to conduct a controlled burn or is having a controlled burn to do so in a safe and controlled manor. We at the Conejos County Sheriff's Office have been responding to numerous controlled burns that have got out of control. There have been several fires that have threatened structures and residences already this year. Burning includes but not limited to trash, ditches, fields, lawns, weeds and/or campfires. Depending on the call volume of out of control fires, will determine if there will be a County Wide Fire Ban issued. Please burn responsibly.

PRESS RELEASE March 1, 2017 AT approximately 8:36 am the Colorado State Patrol dispatch received a call from the South Conejos Schools, reporting that two twin girls were missing from the school. The School did notice a female sitting in the foyer at about 7:15 am but made no contact with her. She remained sitting there until about 7:49 when she was seen leaving the school with the two twin girls walking out of the parking lot. Dispatch notified the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office and Deputies responded immediately. It was determined the female was the biological mother of the girls. A bolo was put out in Colorado, New Mexico and to the Border Patrol, due to the father stating the mother might be taking the girls to Mexico. CBI was contacted to do an amber alert, however the father stated the children were not in danger, therefore no amber alert was issued. The mother’s phone was pinged in Sante Domingo New Mexico at 10:20. At approximately 1430 hours we received a call from Colorado State Patrol dispatch that the mother and girls had crossed into Mexico. At this time there is no custodial papers stating who actually has custody of the girls, the case is under investigation. The mothers name is Selene Jara- Duran age 28 from Juarez Mexico.

Press Release At approximately 23:58 On January 24, 2017 A Deputy with the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office was on duty and out patrolling on Hwy 142 between mile markers 11 & 12 when he contacted a light colored Chevy Silverado with no visible license plate, which was parked on the highway. Because of the weather, the deputy was concerned about the motorist and approached the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle started shooting at the deputy. The deputy then returned fire and the vehicle sped away going east bound on highway 142. The deputy was not injured, and pursued the vehicle but due to bad weather conditions he lost sight of the pickup. Conejos County Deputies, Colorado State Patrol, Manassa Police Department and Costilla Sheriff’s Office all came out to assist in the search for this vehicle, but was unable to locate the vehicle or subject. If anyone has information about this incident, they are encouraged to contact the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has been contacted and is assisting in this case.

Press Release On January 18, 2017 Conejos County Colorado- Suspect in custody following a barricade situation in Capulin, Colorado On January 18, 2017 a little after 6:00 am Conejos Deputies were dispatched to an unknown address in Capulin Colorado for a female that had a male party barricaded in the house, with a weapon. The female Suspect is in custody following a reported barricade situation. The male party and the suspect are unharmed. The suspect Is Veronica Archuleta. Ms. Archuleta was taken to the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office pending an investigation.

Press Release On January 16, 2017 Conejos County, Colorado – suspect in custody following a shooting in Capulin, Colorado. On January15th just after 6:00 P.M., Conejos County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a residence on county road Y, in the Capulin area for a shooting resulting in 4 victims of gunshot wounds. 2 male victims identified as Guadalupe Cervantes 57, and Jose M. Archuleta 54, were deceased at the scene. A female identified as Marissa Herrera 30, suffered serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital, then flown out to a Denver Hospital. Ms. Herrera did not survive her wounds and passed away hours later. Don L. Martinez 34, also suffered a gunshot wound and was transported to a local hospital and flown out, his condition is unknown at this time. The suspect Santos Navares 25,of La Jara Colorado, who also goes by the name Santos Rameriz and other aliases fled the scene and was apprehended by Conejos Deputies, Colorado State Troopers, Manassa Police, Antonito Police, and the La Jara Police Department at a location several miles west of the scene on County road AA. Navares (Rameriz) was taken to the Conejos Sheriff’s Office and is being booked on the following charges: 3 counts of first degree murder with intent after deliberation 3 counts of first degree murder with extreme indifference 1 count of criminal attempt to commit first degree murder, with intent and after deliberation 1 count of first degree assault with intent to cause bodily injury, causes serious bodily injury, by means of a deadly weapon 1 count of aggravated motor vehicle theft, uses vehicle in the commission of a crime other than a traffic offense 1 count of felony menacing Other charges could be added at a later date when the investigation is complete. Conejos County Sheriff Howard Galvez Jr. has requested the assistance of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to assist in the investigation. We are working to determine the circumstances surrounding this tragedy! Sheriff Galvez would like to thank his Deputies, CBI, CSP, Manassa Police, Antonito Police, La Jara Police Department, and Colorado State Patrol, the ambulance crew and all the EMT's, the Alamosa Officers who assisted at the hospital, and the Victim Advocate staff & Dispatch for their hard work and assistance. Sheriff Galvez and his staff give their condolences to the family and friends of the victims and send prayers out to them.

Press Release: On 11/14/2016 at approx. 4:30 PM Willow Ross (16) was dropped off at Centauri High School in La Jara by her mother Crista Ross (32) for an alleged FBLA meeting which was to last until 9:00 PM. Willow was not at the school, it was later determined there was no FBLA mtg scheduled. The Conejos County Sheriff's Office received a call on 11/15/2016 at about 10:22 AM from the family reporting that Willow was missing. Several of Willow's friends were asked about her whereabouts. It appears she was in contact with some friends. The cell phone she was using was pinged in the Alamosa area. Alamosa law Enforcement went to the location, but could not locate Willow. A missing persons report was filed with Colorado State Patrol Dispatch as well as a bolo (Be on the look out) put out for an attempt to locate. (ATL) there was an Amber alert issued for Willow as well. On 11/16/2016 a Conejos County Deputy received a tip that Willow was at a residence in Antonito. Conejos County Deputies and the Antonito Police Department responded to the residence. The female occupant Tanya Sandoval age 38 refused to let the Officers search the residence and closed the door stating Willow was not there. A few minutes later Sandoval opened the door and let Willow out of the residence and then closed the door again. A search warrant was obtained for the residence and when Officers searched the residence they located Timothy Sisneros age 22, who was suspected of picking up Willow at the school. Sisneros was taken into custody for 3 active warrants and was charged with contributing to a minor, harboring a minor and other charges. Sandoval was taken into custody and charged with harboring a minor, and accessory to a crime. they are being held at the Conejos County Sheriff's Office. Willow was returned to her family unharmed. The Amber alert was cancelled. We at the Conejos County Sheriff's Office encourage everyone to report missing and/or endangered Children Immediately to your local Law Enforcecment Agency.

The Conejos County Sheriff’s Office wants to warn all citizens that the IRS scam is still happening, and they are now calling cell phones in this scam. The caller advises that you are being sued for unpaid back taxes. They also state they will send someone out to arrest you, if you are not willing to work with them. (We do not arrest people EVER, for unpaid taxes!) They also want you to provide them with personal information such as your date of birth, social security number, and bank information. It is important to know that the IRS will not contact you via telephone call, but only by mail. NEVER give out any type of personal information over the phone. If you have been contacted by this scam, it is important to write down the time and date of call, get a phone number and a name of the person you are talking to and report it to your local law enforcement agency. Please keep all your personal information safe and do not give it out to someone you do not know.

Timmy Cisneros, 54, was reported missing by family members in July 2016. Timmy was picked up by the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, and is currently held at the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office on an FTA (failure to appear) warrant.

Body of Missing Monte Vista Man Identified (July 12, 2016—CBI—Pueblo, CO)—A body discovered at a Conejos County campground in late June has been officially identified as a Monte Vista man reported missing to the Rio Grande County Sheriff’s Office on May 31, 2016. Jeffory Calvert (DOB: 03/05/1964) was discovered in the Alamosa Campground, which is located approximately 10 miles west of Colorado State Highway 15 on Forest Road 250, along the bank of the Alamosa River in Conejos County on June 23, 2016. The cause of death has not been determined to date. Investigators would like to speak to anyone who camped in the Alamosa Campground in Conejos County, May 29-31, 2016. Please contact Rio Grande Sheriff’s Deputy Havens at (719) 850-8452 or CBI Agent Crouch at (719) 250-4767 if you were in the area in late May.

Thank you to our citizens, we appreciate your support!

Human Remains Found in Conejos County (July 8, 2016—CBI—Pueblo, CO)—The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has been requested by the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) to assist in the recovery of human remains located in the County on Wednesday, July 6, 2016. A hiker in the area discovered the remains in the Conejos Canyon, located near Forest Service Road 250, approximately four miles west of Highway 17, and alerted authorities. Alamosa and Archuleta County Search and Rescue teams joined CBI agents and members of the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office to recover the remains. The cause of death and identification of the human remains is still under investigation. The Conejos County Sheriff's Office will serve as the lead on this investigation.

Please be aware of this scam. It is still happening! The Conejos County Sheriff's Office wants to warn Conejos County Citizens of an IRS Tax scam. The scam starts with a phone call that advises you they are with the IRS, and that you are being sued for back taxes. The scam then says that you must use a money gram from a specific retail store.They will only give you a few hours to get them the money gram and call them back, or they will send out law enforcement to arrest you. They also tell you not to contact a third party person, or they will be unable to help you. The IRS will contact you via mail if there were a problem. They NEVER call you. Its a scam.If you receive calls like this, get their names and a phone number. NEVER give them any personal information. Write down the time and date of all calls and report it immediately to your local enforcement agency. The citizens that are being targeted are mainly the elderly population to date, so get this out to your parents and grandparents.

We will be having a search and rescue meeting on August 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the emergency operations center (EOC) building in La Jara. All current members are encouraged to show up, and any and all community members that may want to join are welcome. We hope to see you there.

CONEJOS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE Sheriff Howard Galvez Jr. Undersheriff Chris N. Crown 14044 CO RD G.5 Antonito, Colorado 81120 Post Office Box 37 Conejos, Colorado 81129 Phone: (719) 376-2196 Jail: (719) 376-6778 Date: August 18, 2015 15:00 p.m. UPDATE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONEJOS COUNTY- Missing Cleveland teenager, Joe Keller. We are continuing to check on all the leads that we have received and are still receiving but have not had any positive outcomes thus far. The report that we received on the black van that was in the Lodge area where Joe Keller disappeared is not the same van that had attempted to kidnap a teenager from Colorado Springs. The description of the two vans was not the same. Joe Keller has been entered into the missing and exploited children’s network and we are currently in the process of entering Joe Keller into the Wal-marts missing persons bulletin. Two investigators from the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office were here for 5 days, but have since left. There have been no new developments or leads in this investigation. We will do an update pending any new information received or if any new leads develop. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Joe Keller please contact our office @ 719-376-2196. Please do not call into our dispatch center. They dispatch for multiple agencies and are being overly inundated with calls. We understand the family’s frustration, and are doing everything humanly possible with so little information, that we have received so far.

In response to questions regarding the Joe Keller case: In the early days of this search and investigation, our office received a call from the Bradley County Sheriff's Office in Tennessee offering to send two detectives to assist. At that time we had detectives from neighboring jurisdictions already here assisting and we declined that specific offer. We have since been in touch with them and they are sending detectives in the coming week.

Anyone with information about the disappearance or possible sightings of Joe Keller, please call Conejos County Sheriff's Office at (719) 376-6778. If you are calling after hours, press #2. If you get a voice mail please leave your name, phone number, and other information. (You may get a fax tone, but if you do just call right back.) If you are out of our area you may also contact your local law enforcement agency.

The official search for Mr. Keller has been suspended but the investigation is continuing. We have exhausted the search resources available to us for the time being and have uncovered no information that would lead us to believe that continuing to search right now is the best use of resources. If we can uncover new information that warrants resuming the search, we will do so. There have been several reports of possible sightings. These and all other leads have been checked and will continue to be checked, but so far nothing has panned out. We know how difficult this past week and a half has been for Mr. Keller's friends and family, and we appreciate the support and prayers that the public has continues to offer on their behalf.

Thanks to those who were able to volunteer on the search today, which was in the area of La Jara Reservoir. Unless something new develops, our next post will be Monday.

For those who may be wondering about the kind of terrain where the search for Joe Keller is taking place, these should give you an idea of what the mountains in this area are like. (Not necessarily exact locations of the search.)

Volunteers who would like to assist in the search for Joe Keller tomorrow (Saturday Aug 1), please call (719) 376-6778 and select option 2 before 10:00 tomorrow morning for further instructions.