Teenagers charged in Cashway break-in

Two Craig teenagers have been charged with burglarizing a local store and stealing several handguns valued at about $2,400.

Adam Koester, 19, and a 15-year-old boy were arrested and booked into Mof--fat Cou--nty Jail early Monday morning.

Police said the two broke into Cashway Distributors, at Fourth and Ranney streets, at about 12:15 a.m.

Prosecutors charged Koester in Moffat Coun--ty Court on Wed--nesday with first-degree burglary, theft, criminal mischief and providing or permitting juvenile possession of a handgun, all of which are felonies. He also was charged with misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and carrying a concealed weapon.

The 15-year-old boy, whose name is not being released because he's a juvenile, was charged in 14th Judicial District Court with first-degree burglary and theft, both felonies.

He also is charged with possession of a handgun by a juvenile, a misdemeanor.

The two suspects were found with five handguns allegedly taken from the store and a machete knife used to break into the store and display cases inside, police reported. There was about $800 in damage.

A Craig resident reported that two men had broken through the store's glass doors and were seen running away from the building, police said.

Koester is scheduled to appear for a hearing on advisement at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The 15-year-old appeared for a reading of the charges on last Tuesday.

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