Police officers nab one burglar, still searching for second

Theft from Mathers' Bar nearly accounted for, other business burglaries remain unsolved


The Craig Police Department made one arrest in connection with the Monday night burglary of Mathers' Bar. The department served search warrants for two Craig residences on Thursday afternoon, leading to the arrest.

Roger Younger, 42, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon on charges of unlawful distribution and manufacturing. The offenses are related to marijuana and drug paraphernalia found when police searched homes at the 600 block of Breeze Street and the 500 block of Green Street. While police searched for evidence of the burglary, they discovered the evidence for the drug charges.

Younger is being held the Moffat County Jail. His bail was set at $5,000.

"We've recovered some items that appear to be some of the stolen property," Police Chief Walt Vanatta said. "The investigation is still ongoing, and we are seeking a warrant for a second individual."

Because the investigation involved two residences, this was not a simple case, Vanatta said.

"We had a good suspect from the start, but we feared that if we served one warrant without having a warrant for the second residence, the stuff would disappear. And we had a pretty good feeling the stuff was in the second place," Vanatta said. "Also, to make sure everyone's constitutional rights are protected, we have to build probable cause. In this case, that had to be done for both places, and to do that properly took some time."

One suspect apparently dropped a completed job application on the floor of the Mathers' Bar office, bar owner Tom Mathers said.

The police have also developed some information on the burglaries of the three automotive shops, Vanatta said.

Other recent burglaries are apparently not connected to the Mathers' burglary.

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