Two stranded on river after theft of canoe

Two Craig individuals who jumped into the Yampa River after allegedly trying to steal a canoe face possible criminal charges.

The Moffat County Sheriff's office swift water rescue team and Colorado State Parks personnel responded to the incident south of Craig along the river at about 6:45 p.m. Sunday.

Clint Markham, 21, and a 16-year-old boy were found stranded on opposite sides of the river roughly 500 yards south of the River Ridge Prime Rib & Lobster House, said K.C. Hume, chief Moffat County Sheriff's investigator.

The pair had started down the river using an inflatable raft near the Yampa Valley Golf Course before allegedly attempting to steal a canoe from a residence near the restaurant, which is located at 28616 State Highway 13.

The pair jumped into the waters after being spotted by the home's owner, Hume said.

"They were in possession of the canoe when confronted," he said.

Neither were injured, or wearing personal floatation devices.

The canoe was recovered and returned to its owner, Hume said.

Markham and the boy were both released from custody Monday night pending possible charges of second-degree criminal trespass, theft and criminal mischief.

Hume said the department's report on the incident would be forwarded to the District Attorney's Office about mid-week.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at pshockley@craigdailypress.com

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