Bear Wallow Ranch is located on Canyon Creek Road just west of Glenwood Springs.
Chelsea Self, Post Independent

Bear Wallow Ranch is located on Canyon Creek Road just west of Glenwood Springs.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Silt couple after an eight-month investigation into embezzlement and livestock theft at Bear Wallow Ranch just west of Glenwood Springs.

Bear Wallow Ranch, a property up Canyon Creek Road, is principally owned by the CEO of Waffle House Inc., Joe Rogers Jr., and his wife.

Charles Zane Farris, 53, and Charla Farris, 51, were arrested Tuesday. Both had been working on the ranch for more than 25 years. Charles was the ranch manager, and Charla’s duties included keeping the books.

The sheriff’s office began on the case after being contacted by the Rogerses’ attorney in September 2016. Law enforcement was tipped to allegations of theft, embezzlement of money, livestock and equipment from the ranch, according to a sheriff’s press release.

“The investigation yielded information that the alleged thefts have taken place over the course of many years and have reached into the hundreds of thousands of dollars,” according to the sheriff’s office.

After eight months of investigating, authorities conducted a warranted search of the couple’s residence south of Silt. The FBI’s Glenwood Springs office assisted in the operation.

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