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Eagle fire chief, wife arrested on felony theft charges

Kurtis Vogel (Photo: City of Sterling)

Kurtis Vogel (Photo: City of Sterling)

EAGLE, Colo. — The chief of the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District was arrested Thursday night along with his wife on accusations they stole more than $120,000 from the city of Sterling when he led that city’s firefighting unit, the 13th Judicial District Attorney’s Office said.

Kurtis Vogel and his wife Hope Vogel are accused of felony theft, attempting to influence a public servant, first-degree official misconduct and forgery.

They were arrested in Eagle County and are being held without bond in the Eagle County Jail until they can be transferred to Logan County.

The district attorney’s office said it began an investigation earlier this year when it was contacted about “certain bookkeeping irregularities and missing firefighting equipment that was discovered” after Vogel left as chief of the Sterling Fire Department in April.

District Attorney Brittny Lewton said in a news release the alleged theft happened between 2010 and 2015. Kurtis Vogel became fire chief in Sterling in 2009.

Investigators obtained search warrants for financial records and documentation from the city of Sterling.