Craig man charged after breaking into vacant home |

Craig man charged after breaking into vacant home

Eleanor C. Hasenbeck
Tanner Sholes
Courtesy photo

CRAIG — A 35-year-old Craig man was arrested Thursday after allegedly breaking into two homes near the 600 block of Colorado Street.

Tanner Sholes caught a neighbor’s attention when he was reportedly seen looking at a trailer he used to live in. According to an arrest affidavit, officers responded to the scene and saw that a plastic piece covering the window frame of the home had been broken, allowing someone to reach through the door and unlock it.

Officers followed footprints around the home leading to a second residence, where they found two bags with items inside near the back door. Officers saw where someone had opened the back door, but did not see any footprints leading away from the residence.

Inside the residence, officers observed snow on the floor of the residence and two more bags similar to the ones they’d already found. Officers announced their presence and asked Tanner to come outside with his hands up.

They contacted the owner of the home, who said no one should be in the home and that it was in the process of being foreclosed. Officers received permission to enter the building.

Officers again announced their presence. They heard a noise, and shortly afterward, Sholes unlocked the front door.

The property in the bags belonged to another party who was evicted from one of the homes. It was valued at about $100.

Sholes received felony charges for first-degree burglary, first-degree trespass, and four counts of violating bond conditions. He was also charged with three misdemeanors: theft between $50 and 300, criminal mischief and failure or refusal to leave property upon request.

Sholes was booked into the Moffat County Jail on Thursday and was released Friday on a $2,000 bail.

Sholes has been arrested more than 30 times in the past 18 years and has been convicted on charges including criminal mischief, felony trespass, harassment and disorderly conduct, according to previous Craig Press reporting.

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