Teen charged with several felonies in alleged thefts
A rash of burglaries and vandalism in August and September has been stalled after the person police believe to be the culprit has been arrested.
On Sept. 19, Joshua Driver, 18, was caught leaving the back of Hutton’s Communications apparently the sixth burglary target that night. Driver was seen by Craig Police Department Officer Josh Johnson allegedly breaking into the building. The method of entry and the manner of theft was similar to a rash of burglaries Sept. 3 in a Fourth Street business center.
Driver was arrested and has been formally charged by the 14th Judicial District Attorney. Driver faces 30 felony counts ranging from burglary, attempted burglary, theft, criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools. He has also been charged with 11 misdemeanor counts relating to theft and criminal mischief. Other evidence is being evaluated by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and other charges are pending the results of that investigation.
The Sept. 8 burglaries caused more than $2,000 in damage and the loss of $455 in cash. Fredrickson Contracting, Tucci Wood Work, Black Mountain Glass, Computer Support Center, The Hair-Tage, D.C. Enterprises, Donna’s Accounting Service, The Copy Shop and The Mountain State Company were all broken into. A crowbar was used to pry open the back doors of all the businesses.
Hutton’s Communications, Ledgerwood Glass, The Print Shop, TCI, The Budget Center and Shepherd and Sons Plumbing and Heating were broken into the night Driver was arrested.
Officers believe the vandalism of several Craig churches in August is also related to the burglaries.
Driver is being held in Moffat County Jail.
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