While David Zabriskie was busy claiming second place at last week's Tour of California, thieves were at work stealing approximately US$150,000 worth of the American's belongings. The figure doesn't include the value of two vehicles taken from Zabriskie's place during the raid.
The Garmin - Slipstream rider didn't learn of the break-in until he returned to his Salt Lake City home on Tuesday. Salt Lake City Police said the theft occurred some time between February 13 - 23, while Zabriskie was contesting the Tour of California.
According to Zabriskie's Twitter postings earlier Tuesday, "my house was broken into while at TOC. They took everything, a lot of bikes,cars, and you name it they got it.
"If anyone out there sees anything you think might be mine, let me know. Thanks..."
In addition to electronic equipment and, remarkably, two vehicles, thieves took both sporting and comic memorabilia from Zabriskie's house. "The Marvel sideshow statues are very distinctive," a release from Salt Lake City Police read. "They stand two- to three-feet tall and are very heavy. The stolen statues were of: Hellboy pistol figurine, Ash Army of Darkness, Tomb Raider Lara Croft, The Punisher, Alien, Ironman Limited Edition, and a Gears of War character."
Items stolen include the following:
- Black 2008 Subaru Outback, Utah license plate A189NC
- Black 2006 Toyota Scion, Utah license plate 094VWM
- Giro d'Italia race medal (approx. 6" circumference)
- Olympic Seiko watch
- Beijing Olympic ring (silver) with initials "DZ" engraved ($4,000)
- Felt Olympic Time Trial bike, plus 12 other bikes (combined value of $100,000)
- Cervelo (black/red) bike frameset - team issued ($5000)
- Tag Heuer watch ($6,000)
- Bose speaker/receiver system ($15,000)
- Sony 52" flat screen TV ($4,000)
- Two Apple MacBooks and one Apple Mac desktop, plus hard drive ($8,000)
- A pair of Space legs, a recovery compression system for legs ($5,000)
- 7 Marvel sideshow statues ($11,000)
News of the theft put a put a damper on an otherwise encouraging month for Zabriskie, who was also fined for speeding on the way home from California. He jumped up to second place in the Tour of California with a solid time trial, one spot behind compatriot Levi Leipheimer (Astana).
Detectives have appealed for help from the public, as they expect some of these items to turn up in local pawnshops or online auction sites. Anyone with any information on the burglary or the location of the items is asked to call the Tips for Cash line at (801) 799-INFO (4636) and reference case #09-32767.
Should anyone from outside the United States of America come across some of the smaller items, the Salt Lake City Police Department can be contacted at email@example.com.
"My head is just swimming with the things they've taken," said Zabriskie's mother Sherry Hamik to Desert News. "They even took his clothes. There's not much left."
It's been quite a stressful week for American pro cyclists: Lance Armstrong's one-of-a-kind Trek time trial bike was stolen from the Astana team vehicle after the prologue in Sacramento February 14, only to be recovered two days before the individual time trial in Solvang February 20. Zabriskie is a former US Postal Service teammate of Armstrong's, and beat the 7-times Tour de France champion in the 2005 Tour prologue to become the only American to win a stage in all three Grand Tours: Vuelta, Giro d'Italia and the Tour. Zabriskie held on to the leader's yellow jersey for a few days, crashing out during the team time trial while racing for Team CSC.
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