Police: There are several people of interest in burglary

Moffat County Courthouse broken into Nov. 11

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The Craig Police Department is continuing to investigate a recent burglary at the Moffat County Courthouse.

The courthouse was broken into Nov. 11, when it was closed for Veterans Day.

Craig Police Sergeant John Forgay said the department has “several” people of interest and that officers are now conducting interviews in the case.

The complete list of what was taken from the building is being kept confidential to preserve the investigation, Forgay said.

What is known is that the burglars entered several county offices on the main floor — including those of the treasurer, assessor and clerk and recorder — and entered the Moffat County Combined Courts clerk’s office.

County employees did not discover someone had broken in until the next day when they returned to work.

County assessor Suzanne Brinks said her office was missing a laptop computer, two digital cameras, keys to four county vehicles and a large box of antique cameras she intended to put on display in her office.

Clerk and Recorder’s Office staff spent that afternoon sifting through office files. A cash register had been pried open, but there was no money inside.

The staff would not comment on whether files or anything else had been taken.

Treasurer Robert Razzano said his office was missing a checkbook and some cash belonging to the local Amateur Athletic Union basketball chapter.

Aside from those items and the damage caused by the burglars as they opened locked desk drawers and threw the contents on the floor, nothing else appeared to be harmed, Razzano said.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call Moffat County Crime Stoppers at 824-3535. Callers may remain anonymous and are eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

High school arson case ongoing, but suspended

An investigation into a suspected arson in the Moffat County High School auditorium still is open but has been suspended for now, Forgay said.

The fire, which occurred in February, scorched nearly the entire inside ceiling of the auditorium and left burn marks on about one-third of the outside roof.

About 15 to 20 feet of insulation separated the auditorium ceiling from the outside roof, and the paper wrappings around the insulation made up the fire’s main fuel.

No other part of the high school was affected, but the auditorium was closed until the start of this school year while workers repaired $623,487 in damages.

Moffat County School District’s insurance company, Colorado School Districts Self Insurance Pool, paid for the work, with the exception of the district’s $10,000 deductible.

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