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June 6, 2012
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Either late in the evening on May 22 or during the early morning hours of May 23, a white, older model pick up was stolen from the area of Washington and Fourth streets in Eagle.

The suspect apparently knew where the key for the truck was (in the garage of the residence) which helped facilitate the theft of the vehicle. The truck was reported to have contained a large amount of tools in the bed, which has a topper over it.

Later the same evening, Eagle Police officers took multiple reports of someone smashing into and running over traffic control signs in several areas of town, mostly in the Bluffs neighborhood.

Less than 45 minutes later, officers responded to a vehicle fire several miles east of Eagle, right off Highway 6. The vehicle on fire was in fact the same, later reported, stolen truck described, which was also suspected to be involved in the street sign incidents. No tools were located in the bed of the truck after the fire was extinguished. No suspects were available at the scene. The vehicle was a total loss due to the fire.

The Eagle Police Department is asking for help in solving this case. Please be on the lookout for persons that may be in possession of construction-type hand tool equipment and accessories, especially if the person possessing them normally wouldn't have them. Be aware of persons who may appear to have minor, unreported or unknown/suspicious injuries from a traffic accident. Be aware of anyone talking suspiciously about a vehicle being stolen or tools being stolen from a vehicle in Eagle over the weekend. Also, please be on the lookout for any large, abandoned vehicle parts near the bluffs, and of course any tools that appear to be discarded.

Eagle Police were called to a report of a vehicle hit-and-run on May 24 at the City Market parking lot.

When officers arrived, they spoke with a woman who said she was inside shopping when she was paged. A witness in the parking area said a green sedan had repeatedly backed into another car while attempting to maneuver out of the parking area. The victim's car had minor scuff damage on the rear bumper. The witness provided a vehicle description and license plate number.

The Eagle officer was able to track down the sedan involved in the incident and spoke with the owner at his home. He admitted to being in the store parking lot but said he was unaware that he had hit another car. He said his dogs were in the vehicle at the time and they distracted him. The officer found minor, fresh damage on the suspect's car.

The officer asked the owner for his license, registration and insurance paperwork. The man came up with an insurance card that expired on the date of the accident. The officer also discovered that his driver's license expired on April 4, 2012.

He was cited for improper backing, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and issued a warning for his license status and leaving the scene of an accident.

An Eagle man contacted police at 8 a.m. May 29 to report that a number of tools he uses at work were stolen from the back seat of his unlocked vehicle. The same man called back at 4:10 p.m. the same day to say he "felt like an idiot" because he found his tools in the trunk of his car. He said he forgot he had placed the items there along with his daughter's backpack. He thanked the officer for his assistance.

A Santa Cruz skateboard was recently found at Eagle Town Park and turned in to the Eagle Police Department. For information or to identify the item, contact Eagle Police at (970) 328-6351.

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The VailDaily Updated Jun 6, 2012 12:37PM Published Jun 6, 2012 12:35PM Copyright 2012 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.