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Police have found one of the cars stolen from the Salt Lake City home of an international cycling star. But half a million dollars worth of other stolen property is still missing.
Burglars hit David Zabriskie's home sometime in the past two weeks while he was competing in the Tour de California.
Tuesday night, metro gang officers were in this South Salt Lake neighborhood. They were looking for a fugitive in an unrelated case when they saw Zabriskie's Toyota Scion parked outside a house. Officers then saw Arthur Roll walk out of the house and get in to the car a couple of times.
Roll had the keys to the stolen car, but when officers searched the home they didn't find any of Zabriskie's stolen property. Still, they say Roll's arrest is a break in the case.
"A lot of times in stolen vehicle cases, burglary cases when a vehicle is taken, you can recover the vehicle, but you don't actually find somebody that's linked to the vehicle. So in this case, we've at least got a lead to work," said Sgt. Robin Snyder, spokeswoman for the Salt Lake Police Department.
Roll's arrest last night was his second that day. When officers saw him with Zabriskie's stolen car, he had only been out of jail for several hours.
Earlier in the day, Roll was seen peeking in windows and trying doors of houses in this area of 2200 East and 2100 South. He left the area on a bus, but officers spotted the bus five blocks away and arrested him.
Police say Roll had broken into a car and had a stolen car stereo and an ID belonging to a woman. He was taken to jail for vehicle burglary and for four warrants but was released shortly afterward because of overcrowding.
Roll is now back in jail for having the stolen car, and police hope he'll have information about the burglary at Zabriskie's home.
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) [Click here to see pictures of the missing statues]
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.