2 men charged in TMH, Budget Center robbery | CraigDailyPress.com

2 men charged in TMH, Budget Center robbery

Cody Chase

A case involving two local men charged with robbing the Community Budget Center and The Memorial Hospital on the same night is half way to being resolved in Moffat County District Court.

Christopher McAndrew, 21, of Hayden, pleaded guilty to reduced charges May 28, and is expected to be sentenced July 16 for attempted second degree burglary, a Class 5 felony, and theft between $500 and $1,000, a misdemeanor.

According to McAndrew’s plea agreement, he cannot be sentenced to the Department of Corrections.

He faces possible penalties for both charges of 18 months to five years in jail, and $1,500 to $105,000 in fines.

A second man, Cody Chase, 20, of Craig, also was charged in the case with second degree burglary and theft between $1,000 and $20,000, both Class 4 felonies, and theft between $500 and $1,000, a misdemeanor.

Chase had a status conference Thursday and next will appear in court for a plea hearing July 16.

Neither man is currently in custody, though both were previously arrested on suspicion of the charges.

According to court records, law enforcement officials think the two broke into the Community Budget Center, 555 Yampa Ave., in the early morning hours of April 6 from the back alleyway.

Chase and McAndrew allegedly stole a cash register, video recorder, a jewelry box and jewelry, a leather jacket and a box of cell phones, among other miscellaneous items, all valued at about $1,461 total.

The affidavit states the two men then went to The Memorial Hospital, where they took a 26-inch LCD TV valued at $700 from the waiting room.

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