Investigations ongoing in burglary, arson cases

Craig police still are following leads on a recent burglary at the Moffat County Courthouse, Sergeant John Forgay said.

The courthouse was broken into Nov. 11, 2009, on Veterans Day, when staff was off work for the holiday.

A complete list of what was taken has not been released, and Forgay said it included some sensitive items that still are being kept confidential.

The sergeant said the Police Department still has a list of people of interest in the case.

According to previous reports from police and county workers, one or more burglars entered several offices on the main floor of the courthouse and the Moffat County Combined Courts clerk’s office on the third floor.

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.

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

Police also are pursuing leads on a reported burglary Dec. 7, 2009, at JW Snacks Gulf Coast Bar & BBQ.

Police said it appeared someone threw a cinderblock through a back window and stole an undisclosed amount of cash.

Forgay said there also are people of interest in the JW Snacks case. He has said previously there is no evidence that the two burglary cases are related.

Two suspected arson cases also are ongoing, Forgay said.

The Moffat County High School auditorium caught fire in February 2009. Nearly the entire inside ceiling of the auditorium was scorched, and there were burn marks on about one-third of the outside roof.

The Country Mall, once located at the corner of Fourth and Ranney streets, burned down in November 2007, displacing several local businesses and government offices.

Anyone with information on any of the above incidents is encouraged to call Moffat County Crime Stoppers at 824-3535.

Callers may remain anonymous and are eligible for as much as a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in a case.

Snow promoted to chief deputy

Jeremy Snow, a deputy district attorney for the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office since he started about three years ago, recently was promoted to chief deputy for the entire district.

“He’s been an amazing litigator, won some very tough cases and shown leadership in the office,” District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham said.

Snow, who graduated from Harvard Law School before coming to Craig, was a prosecutor on several high-profile cases, including the cases of Rodney Culverwell, a rancher convicted of wildlife crimes; Terry Hankins, convicted of murdering his wife and dismembering her body; and the ongoing prosecution of former Craig Police Detective Ken Johnson, who faces three felony charges in a jury trial scheduled for May 24.

“I’m honored that (Oldham) felt I was capable, and she trusts me to do this,” Snow said about the promotion.

Collin Smith can be reached at 875-1794 or cesmith@craigdailypress.com.

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