Nine-month-old crime solved


After more than 150 hours of investigation, following countless rumors and false leads, Craig Police Department Detective Sgt. Henry Stoffel has brought in two suspects to face charges in connection with the Aug. 10 break-ins of Moffat County High School and Sunset Elementary School. Theft and extensive vandalism at both schools left more than $50,000 in damages.

Craig residents Christopher Allan Sanchez, 18, and Thomas James Kober, 18, were arrested Monday in connection with the crimes.

Stoffel was able to obtain enough evidence in March to issue a search warrant to collect evidence from one of the suspects. On May 2, a second search warrant was obtained for the second suspect, Police Chief Walt Vanatta said. The evidence collected from both warrants lead to the arrests.

"I would like to commend [Stoffel] for his tireless efforts to bring this investigation to a close," Vanatta said.

Both Sanchez and Kober face charges of second-degree burglary, a Class 4 felony, and criminal mischief, a Class 3 felony. Each is being held in the Moffat County Jail on a $20,000 bond. They are both due in court today.

"We're half way done with this case," Stoffel said. "It's now in the hands of the District Attorney's office.

"At this time, we believe no on else was involved in these incidents."

Vanatta said neither of the suspects suggested a motive during their interviews. He also praised the members of the community for contributing to a reward fund. Vanatta didn't know if anyone had qualified for the reward.

"Unfortunately, Detective Stoffel isn't eligible."

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