Company offers reward for return of items stolen from cyclist's home

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The company who made the Marvel statues stolen from cyclist Dave Zabriskie's home last week is now offering a reward for their return.

Sideshow Collectibles is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the recovery of the stolen statues.

Those statues were among several things stolen when burglars hit Zabriskie's Salt Lake City home. Zabriskie just finished 2nd in the Tour de California and was there when the thefts occurred.

The race finished Sunday, and family members returned from the race yesterday and went to check on his home. That's when they found someone had broken in and cleaned it out.

Zabriskie's mother, Sheree Hamick, thinks whomever was there must have spent a couple days or nights inside. "Every drawer was pulled out. Every cupboard was flown open. Everything was ... the bookcases, they just threw books out," she said.

Salt Lake City police are investigating the break-in, which they believe occurred between Feb. 13 and Feb. 23. Investigators are still trying to determine if it was a random crime.

"We don't know if he was targeted or, a lot of times burglars will commit burglaries by knocking on the door, and if nobody answers the door, they will go back and burglarize it. We don't know if that is the case or if somebody actually knew where he lived and that he was going to be out of town. But whoever did it got a lot of valuable things and a lot of irreplaceable things," said Sgt. Robin Snyder, spokeswoman for the Salt Lake City Police Department.

Some of the stolen items of note include:

  • 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)

Zabriskie collected the super-hero Marvel statues. Police say they are unique and hope finding them will help solve the case.

"For example, if someone brings them to a pawn shop or tries to sell them on eBay, give us a call right away. They are worth anywhere from $300 to $5,000 each, and so we really want to try and get those back for him as well as his items that are unique to him and are irreplaceable," Snyder said.

In all, it adds up to nearly $250,000.

David Zabriskie is on his way to another competition, but family members told us they are hopeful someone will recognize the unique property, so he can get those sentimental items back.

If you see any of the items at a pawn shop or on the Internet, call the Salt Lake City Police Department at 801-799-INFO. Police ask that you reference case #09-32767.



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