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Two arrested in connection to Craig thefts

Eleanor C. Hasenbeck

CRAIG — A Craig man's improper footwear helped tie him to stolen goods last week.

Officers found footprints with a unique diamond-shaped pattern belonging to a street shoe near a burglarized home. According to Skyler Kemp's arrest affidavit, the shoes are not known for being warm or waterproof and are not usually worn in the thick of a Northwest Colorado winter. Shoes with the same tread pattern were later found in a search of Kemp's apartment.

Kemp, 20, and Dara Dale, 23, both of Craig, were arrested Wednesday, Jan. 17, in connection to theft and burglary.

Kemp was charged with second degree attempted burglary and burglary. He also was charged with theft and two charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, according to his arrest affidavit.

Dale faces charges of theft, two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and two counts of introduction of contraband in the first degree.

A witness saw Kemp walking around her grandparent's home on the 400 block of Woodbury Drive. The witness said Kemp checked to see if a window and the front door of the home were open. The witness's grandmother was home at the time, and she heard neither a doorbell nor a knock at the door.

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The witness took a photo of the man, which she later showed officers. Officers were familiar with the man and identified him as Kemp. Her grandfather saw Kemp north of the home shortly after he was seen near the home.

While the officers were speaking to the grandparents, dispatch announced a possible burglary in progress about three blocks away, on the 2000 block of West Third Street, and officers left to respond to the call.

On Third Street, officers found no one inside the home, but "things appeared out of place," they reported. The homeowners reported cash, collector's coins and a credit card as missing. Many of these items were later found in Kemp's home and vehicle. An officer found footprints with a diamond-shaped tread leading from the west side of the home to the backyard.

Officers were granted a search warrant for Kemp's apartment, which they executed the following day, Jan. 17. During the search, officers found items taken from the home on Third Street, as well as a ring and prescription that were reported missing from another residence earlier in the week. They also found clothing worn by the subject in the witness's photo, methamphetamine paraphernalia and a pill containing hydrocodone.

While leaving the apartment complex, officers saw the vehicle they'd seen Kemp drive away in earlier in the day. They stopped the vehicle and discovered Kemp, Dale and two other people inside.

One of the people in the car told officers they were returning from a pawnshop in Rifle. She also said she had seen Kemp with a roll of gold coins, one of the items reported stolen from the home on Third Street. Dale denied involvement with the thefts but said she had pawned coins in Rifle.

Kemp and Dale were booked into Moffat County Jail. As Dale was booked into jail, officers discovered 1.4 grams of suspected methamphetamine on her person.

Dale was released on bond. Kemp remains in custody at the Moffat County Jail with bond set at $5,000.