School burglary arrests |

School burglary arrests

Three people were arrested Thursday in connection with the July 22 burglary of a Battlement Mesa school.

Jonathan Crooks, 18, of Green River, Wyo., Joseph Vigil, 18, of Rock Spring, Wyo., and a juvenile were arrested by Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies after being pulled over for a traffic violation. The burglary occurred sometime overnight on July 22. Numerous pieces of audio-visual equipment and laptop computers, worth approximately $10,000, were taken from the library on the second floor of the Bea Underwood Elementary School.

On July 23, Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies pulled over the trio near St. John’s Middle School in Battlement Mesa. While talking to the driver, he noticed a television wrapped in plastic along with two video cassette players still in their boxes.

When the deputy asked about the equipment, one of the passengers reportedly admitted that the three had taken the equipment from the school.

The three were charged with theft by receiving, theft and second-degree burglary. Crooks and Vigil are being held at the Garfield County Jail on $10,000 bond each, and the juvenile is being held at the Grand River Youth Center in Grand Junction.

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