Another burglary - the 19th in the past two weeks - was reported to the Bent County Sheriff's Office Monday.

It's unclear when exactly the buildings at the Bent County/Las Animas cemetery were broken into, a spokesperson for the BCSO told the Bent County Democrat Tuesday.

The remaining burglaries are under investigation, including the incident at City Hall, and the public is asked to report any relevant information or tips about the person or persons involved to the sheriff's office.

The BCSO posted on its Facebook page a video taken from a security camera at the VFW Hall that shows an individual identified as a person of interest in the break-ins. The sheriff's office would like to speak to that individual regarding all burglaries, said Gillette.

Since Dec. 17, 19 homes and businesses have been victimized.

One of those burglaries took place at the Fort Lyon Canal Co. building on Bent Avenue, which is owned by the federal government. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been contacted regarding that incident, BCSO Sgt. Alex Gillette told the Bent County Democrat.

Meanwhile, business quickly returned to normal at the Las Animas City Hall, said Sheriff David Encinias. After the break-in, the customer service departments were briefly relocated to the Bent County Development Foundation.

The break-in at City Hall was discovered Dec. 26, as employees returned to work from their Christmas holiday, and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation was summoned to investigate, resulting in closure of the building to the public and staff.

Initially, Las Animas residents were advised to use the online system to pay their utility bills during the closure of City Hall, but it soon became apparent that the system was not working properly due to disconnection of the internet during the break-in.

Once the router room was cleared by the evidence team, the internet was reconnected and the online payments option became available again.

"As your Mayor, I am asking you all for the utmost in forethought before sharing any information that hasn't been cleared by the joint investigative services, either personally or in digital form," said Las Animas Mayor Jim Collins on the city's Facebook page. "This situation is obviously stressful for the staff and community, but please express and demonstrate sensitivity and understanding that we are working intently to make the community as safe as possible."

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