While David Zabriskie was busy claiming second place at last week's Tour of California, thieves were at work stealing over $150,000 USD 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.
"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."
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-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 plate A189NC Black 2006 Toyota Scion, Utah plate 094VWM Giro D Italia Race Medal (approx. 6" circumference) 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 ($5000) Tag Heuer watch ($6,000) Bose Speaker/Receiver System ($15,000) Sony 52" flat screen TV ($4,000) Two Mac Books and one 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 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