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Home of world-class cyclist burglarized

Published February 25, 2009 10:43 am

Salt Lake » Stolen were 2 cars, Olympic memorabilia, a stereo and 12 pricey bikes.
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Salt Lake City police are investigating a burglary at the home of a well-known Utah cyclist.

Two vehicles, electronics, Olympic memorabilia and 12 bikes were discovered stolen from the home of world-class cyclist David Zabriskie, said Salt Lake City police Sgt. Robin Snyder. The stolen goods are valued at $158,000, not including the 2008 Subaru Outback and 2006 Toyota Scion that were also taken from Zabriskie's home, Snyder said.

She said police believe the break-in occurred between Feb. 13 and Monday. Thieves gained entrance to the home through a broken window, Snyder said. Police declined to release the address where the burglary occurred, saying family still is sorting through the home to determine whether more items have been stolen.

The thefts likely occurred while Zabriskie, riding for Garmin-Slipstream, was away competing in the Tour of California, which wrapped up Sunday. Zabriskie placed second at the competition, finishing 36 seconds behind overall winner and former Utahn Levi Leipheimer.

Snyder said Zabriskie's mom noticed the home had been burglarized when checking in on her son's house.

Among the Olympic mementos stolen from Zabriskie's home were a ring from the Beijing Olympics valued at $4,000 and an Olympic time trial bike, which along with other stolen bikes from Zabriskie's home are valued at $100,000.

A pair of "space legs," which police describe as a "recovery compression system for legs," was stolen. The device is estimated at $5,000, Snyder said.

Thieves also took seven statues of Marvel comics characters from Zabriskie's home. Zabriskie owned 2- to 3-foot statues of figurines including "Hellboy" pistol; "Ash" Army of Darkness; "Tomb Raider" Lara Croft; "The Punisher"; "Alien"; "Ironman"; and a "Gears of War" character. The statues are valued at $11,000, Snyder said.

The president of the company where Zabriskie bought the statues announced a $10,000 reward leading to any information about the thefts. Greg Anzalone of Sideshow Collectibles, which manufactures the figurines, called Zabriskie a "valued collector."

Snyder said police are expecting some of the stolen items to show up at pawn shops or on online auction sites. She asked anyone with information to call the Salt Lake City Police Department at 799-INFO.

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What was taken from Zabriskie's home

Items stolen from cyclist David Zabriskie's home include:

Black 2008 Subaru Outback, Utah plate A189NC

Black 2006 Toyota Scion, Utah plate 094VWM

Giro D Italia race medal

Olympic Seiko watch

Beijing Olympic ring (silver) with initials "DZ" engraved ($4,000)

Olympic time trial bike, plus 12 other bikes (combined value of $100,000)

Cervelo (black/red) bike frame -- team issued ($5,000)

Tag Heuer watch ($6,000)

Bose speaker/receiver system ($15,000)

Sony 52" flat screen TV ($4,000)

Two MacBooks and one Mac desktop, plus hard drive ($8,000)

A pair of Space legs, a recovery compression system for legs ($5,000)

Seven Marvel sideshow statues ($11,000)

Source: Salt Lake City Police Department