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Police arrest two Craig men suspected of burglary, trespassing, theft, mischief

Brian Smith

Shane Meimerstorf

Two Craig residents were arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of second-degree burglary, first-degree criminal trespassing, theft and criminal mischief, according to a news release from the Craig Police Department.

Shane Meimerstorf, 38, and Scott Steckel, 36, were arrested after police officers allegedly found them in possession of various tools and a bicycle that had been reported missing.

Officers originally responded to a report of a suspicious person near the 2100 block of Crockett Drive.

During an investigation, police officers talked with residents and learned that vehicles in the area were entered, and tools and CDs were taken, according to the release.

Officers also received information that a bicycle was stolen from the same area.

According to the release, offi-

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cers followed shoe prints and bicycle tire tracks left in the snow, and were led to a residence in the 300 block of Ranney Street.

The officers recovered missing CDs while following the path left in the snow.

Once at the residence, officers applied for and were granted a search warrant for the residence, where the tools and bicycle were recovered, according to the release.

As of Thursday, formal charges had not yet been filed against Steckel or Meimerstorf.

According to court records, both men have been convicted of prior criminal charges.

Steckel was convicted in 2009 of illegal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor. In 2007, he was convicted of forgery, a Class 5 felony, and possession of a Schedule-2 controlled substance, a Class 6 felony, according to records.

Meimerstorf has two other pending cases.

He is charged with possession of a weapon by a previous offender, a Class 5 felony, and theft under $500, a misdemeanor.

In a separate case, Meimerstorf is charged with misdemeanor theft, according to records.

In June, Meimerstorf was convicted of misdemeanor child abuse.

Craig Police Captain Jerry DeLong said second-degree burglary and theft are Class 4 felonies, and first-degree criminal trespassing is a Class 5 felony.

DeLong said criminal mischief is a misdemeanor.

"Whenever somebody commits crimes like this, we need to get them into the judicial system and let the judicial system take its course," he said.

DeLong said police officers did a "fantastic" job from the beginning of the investigation through to the suspects' arrests.

Police Chief Walt Vanatta agreed.

"I think the officers did a great job that night, when the incidents were reported, in tracking them for a substantial distance from where the crimes happened to where they ended up," Vanatta said. "As a result of their work and the search warrant, we recovered … a lot of the stolen items and arrested the two of them."

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