February 27th, 2009 by Jeb Foster
Pro cyclist Dave Zabriskie has had a tough week.
First, he was edged out by his countryman Levi Leipheimer in the Tour of California.* Then he got a speeding ticket on his way home to Utah.
But the ticket paled in comparison to what happened next. On returning to his Salt Lake City home, he noticed that something wasn’t quite right. A few of his prized possessions seemed to be … missing.
Quickly it was clear: he’d been burgled. Badly burgled.
Zabriskie posted this message to his Twitter account the morning of Feb. 24:
My house was broken into while at [the Tour of California]. They took everything, a lot of bikes, cars, and you name it they got it.
Yes, that would be “cars.” Plural. They stole more than one.
But cars can be replaced. So too can the 52” flat-screen television that was stolen. And the $15,000 Bose sound system.
Harder to replace, however, are things like a Beijing Olympic ring and Giro d’Italia race medal. Each tally in the thousands in market value, but sentimental value is harder to put a price on.
Here’s the complete list of what burglars stole from Zabriskie’s home:
- 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)
I can’t decide which is harder to fathom—owning $100,000 in bikes or having all 13 of them stolen.
Later on the 24th, Zabriskie posted this note to his 8,495 Twitter followers:
If anyone out there sees anything you think might be mine, let me know. Thanks…DZ
Let’s hope that Zabriskie’s got a robust homeowners insurance policy. Unless those items are recovered, that’s going to be one rather large claim.
* At least he can say he beat Lance.
** According to VeloNews, the journal of record for the cycling world, the stolen statues included: “Hellboy” pistol figurine, “Ash”Army of Darkness, “Tomb Raider” Lara Croft, “The Punisher,” “Alien,” “Ironman” Limited Edition, and a “Gears of War” character.