Break-in at courts, offices on Veterans Day
Law enforcement investigates burglary at Courthouse
November 13, 2009
Law enforcement is investigating a burglary that occurred Wednesday morning at the Moffat County Courthouse, while it was closed for Veterans Day.
Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz said the first report of the incident came Thursday when county employees returned to work.
It appears offices for the clerk and recorder, assessor, treasurer and combined courts were all involved, he added.
Law enforcement now is taking an inventory of the scene to determine what was taken.
A Craig Police Department news release states several items were reported as stolen.
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.
The basement and main floors of the Courthouse opened to the public about noon Thursday, and the court level opened about 1 p.m.
County employees spent the morning looking through their files to check for anything missing.
Several employees commented that all the security cameras had either been turned or had the power cables pulled out of them. None of them knew if law enforcement had been able to get a view of who broke in.
At 10:30 a.m. Thursday, clerk and recorder staffers were sifting through records with rubber gloves checking for anything missing.
At least one cash register had been pried open and the money stolen.
County assessor Suzanne Brinks said her office was missing a laptop computer, two digital cameras, keys to four county vehicles, a large box of antique cameras she intended to put on display in her office and some candy.
"Whoever was here, they knew what they were doing," Brinks said. "They knew they had time."
The box of antique cameras alone was large enough to take some time to carry out of the building, she added.
"I almost came to work yesterday because I had some stuff to do, but my husband said, 'Oh relax, take a day off,'" Brinks said. "Of course, I don't know if I'd want to be here while all that was going on."
The treasurer's office wasn't hit as hard as other places, Treasurer Robert Razzano said.
The office safe was not damaged, but some of his locked desk drawers had been pulled open.
Although there were several files strewn across the floor when he came into work about 7 a.m. Thursday, he said there did not appear to be any missing.
However, a checkbook and some cash belonging to the local Amateur Athletic Union basketball chapter had been taken, Razzano said.
"It's just weird," he said. "You feel a little violated. I had desk drawers here on the floor. Everything was wrong."