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A Summit County man contacted Eagle Police July 21 when he saw a Craig's List ad featuring a custom bicycle that looked exactly like a bike that he reported as stolen back in 2009.

The Summit County man made contact with the seller and found that he resided in Eagle. He then checked the seller's Facebook page and found he looked like an unknown male he had spotted checking out his bike before it was taken.

The Summit County man gave Eagle cops the make, model and serial number of this stolen bike, as well as the case number regarding the theft report he filed when it was taken.

After speaking with the bike owner, the Eagle officer went to the seller's home to discuss the case. The officer eventually spotted the seller outside his residence at around 10:15 p.m. The officer told the man the bike he was trying to sell might be stolen and asked if he could look at the serial number.

The seller refused the request and the officer advised him not to proceed with a sale and that he would likely return with a search warrant. The man said it was too late at night to deal with the issue.

After leaving the residence, the officer again contacted the bike owner in Summit County to get more information. At about 10:45 p.m. when the officer checked Craig's List, the bike listing had been removed.

On July 22, the officer obtained a search warrant and returned to the Eagle dwelling. The bike was not recovered during the search and the Eagle man declined the officer's interview request.

On Monday, July 30, the Summit County man emailed Eagle Police to report his bike had been returned to him and that he did not want to pursue charges.

On July 27, Eagle Police stopped a pickup truck when it passed a couple of cars along U.S. Highway 6 in town by swerving onto the unpaved shoulder.

Noting that the two-lane highway was an active construction zone and that there was heavy vehicle traffic and a number of pedestrians in the area at the time, the officer pulled over the driver to discuss his actions.

The driver said "everyone else passes on the shoulder" and argued that the vehicle in front of him had motioned for him to go around. The officer asked if there was an emergency because his driving was dangerous.

The driver was unable to produce registration or insurance documents for the vehicle, but said his employer owned the truck. He said the company had an umbrella insurance policy for its vehicles and that he was just driving it to Denver. He said a secretary at the firm had handed him plates for the truck so he could make the drive from Fruita.

When the Eagle officer checked the plates, they were registered to a Jeep from Littleton. The truck's Vehicle Identification Number was registered to a Fruita car sales operation. The driver then admitted he knew it was improper to put another vehicle's plates on the truck and he was uncomfortable with the situation, but did it because his employer is "a good company."

The man was issued a summons for displaying fictitious license plates, uninsured motor vehicle and passing on the shoulder. The fictitious plates were taken into evidence for safekeeping.

On July 27, an Eagle Police officer stopped a pickup truck on Eby Creek Road for unreadable temporary registration.

The driver did not have his license and he provided an expired insurance card and a temporary pink slip registration. However, the pink slip VIN did not match the temporary license plate.

The driver called his boss, the owner of the vehicle, to the scene. The owner said he is having difficulty getting the title for the truck because he bought it after it had been repossessed. He said he had obtained a new temporary tag for the vehicle, but the pink slip corresponded to the initial temporary tag.

The officer noted that the temporary tags both indicated "no record found" through dispatch and cited the driver for displaying fictitious plates and no proof of insurance.

Two local men were reunited with their lost wallets this week.

The first happened July 25 and was found on top of a gas pump by a customer at Eagle Sinclair. The wallet contained $2 in cash, several I.D.s and credit cards. Police contacted the owner, who retrieved the wallet a few hours later.

The second happened July 30 and was turned in by a town of Eagle employee. The employee found the wallet on a sidewalk and it contained a driver's license, a bank card and $72.26 in cash. The owner was contacted and he also collected his wallet the same day.

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The VailDaily Updated Aug 8, 2012 01:07PM Published Aug 8, 2012 01:05PM Copyright 2012 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.