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Break-in at the courthouse

Courthouse closed while investigation proceeds

Collin Smith

Law enforcement believe someone broke into the Moffat County Courthouse on Wednesday morning while it was closed for Veterans Day.

Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz said the first report of the incident came today when county workers returned to work.

It appears offices for the clerk and recorder, assessor, treasurer and combined courts were all involved, he added.

Law enforcement is now taking an inventory of the scene to determine what was taken, if anything.

The courthouse is closed until further notice.

County employees spent the morning looking through their files to check for anything missing.

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Several commented that all the security cameras had either been turned or had the power cables pulled out of them.

No one knew if law enforcement had been able to get a view of who broke in.

Officials from the Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff's Office said they could not comment because they were busy working on the third floor, or court level.

As of 10:30 a.m., clerk and recorder staff were still sifting through their 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 different 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. today, he said there did not appear to be any missing.

Whoever did it, however, did take a checkbook and some cash belonging to the local Amateur Athletic Union basketball chapter, Razzano said.

"It's just weird," he said. "You feel a little violated. I had desk drawers here on the floor. Everything was wrong."

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