Alleged burglars caught
Six Craig businesses burglarized Sunday morning
Craig — Craig residents Joshua Driver, 18, and Edward Martinson, 19, were arrested early Sunday morning after allegedly being caught burglarizing a Craig business.
Five Craig businesses were burglarized early Sunday morning before a Craig Police Department officer happened onto the sixth target Hutton’s Communications.
About 2:35 a.m. Officer Josh Johnson was on foot patrol in the downtown area. According to Police Chief Walt Vanatta, Johnson heard unusual noises echoing through the buildings and alleys and traced their origin to the 500 block of Russell Street. From a position behind two buildings, Johnson was able to see Driver and Martinson breaking into a door at Hutton’s Communications. Johnson radioed for backup and continued to watch the scene until officers arrived. Officers were able to catch the two as they left the building through a rear door.
“(Johnson) did a great job,” Vanatta said. “He did just what he was supposed to do.”
According to Vanatta, the Police Department has increased its foot patrols in the downtown area in an attempt to catch burglars.
In addition to Hutton’s Communications, Ledgerwood Glass, The Print Shop, TCI Cablevision, The Budget Center and Shepherd and Sons Plumbing and Heating were also broken into or an attempt to break in was made. According to Vanatta, the total loss is still being determined, but is expected to be several thousand dollars based on theft and damage to the buildings.
As was the case with a earlier rash of burglaries along Fourth Street, cash was the only item taken.
Driver and Martinson are being held in Moffat County Jail pending charges for many counts of burglary, theft and criminal mischief.
The investigation into these thefts and the possible connection to a series of recent burglaries in the Craig area is still ongoing.
“The method of operation is similar as well as the devices used to break in,” Vanatta said.
The Police Department will continue its nighttime foot patrols.
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