Instrument theft from Craig Middle School ends on sour note
Editor’s note: This story was updated on Tuesday, Sept 25.
CRAIG — Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff’s Office have recovered several musical instruments that were reported stolen earlier in the week.
Officers and deputies found the stolen instruments — including an alto saxophone, a clarinet, and drum mallets — about 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21 near a riverbed at Yampa Valley Golf Course, according to radio communication.
Craig Police Captain Bill Leonard said the department was able to arrest Dustin Gordon Hyatt, 41, of Craig, thanks to efforts from CMS’s school resource officer, police officers, and deputies.
The school was holding an event the day of the theft, Leonard said. The school resource officer reviewed security tapes and was able to spot and identify the suspect. Officers located and arrested the suspect. He didn’t have the instruments with him, but told the officers where they could be found.
The instruments were valued at between $2,000 and $5,000.
“It was a good effort all around,” Leonard said.
Craig Police Department will release more information after the investigation has been completed, Leonard said.
Friday marked one year since the Silver Creek Fire sparked northwest of Kremmling in Routt National Forest and burned more than 20,120 acres, according to data from the Rocky Mountain Incident Coordination Center.