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On Jan. 6, the Eagle County Sheriff's Office received a report of a stolen iPhone 5. The victim stated that he believed his iPhone 5 was stolen at the Spruce Saddle Restaurant in Beaver Creek.

The victim told deputies that while eating he accidentally left his iPhone 5 on the serving tray that he gave to a busser at the Spruce Saddle Restaurant. After a short period of time, the victim realized that he had left his phone and returned to speak to the busser. The busser said that he had not seen an iPhone.

On Jan. 9, the victim contacted the Eagle County Sheriff's Office to report that there was an ad on Craigslist selling an iPhone 5 that he believed was his. The ad had been posted in the "High Rockies" section of Craigslist on Jan. 8. The ad stated, "Hello I have a four-day old white iPhone 4S from Sprint, a black one from ATT a 3G with 32gs and a white iPhone 5, looking to get money for a snowboard, boots n bindings or trade." A phone number was also listed in the ad.

Undercover detectives began texting the phone number listed in the ad. This number belonged to, Alec Pedroza, age 19, of Oxnard Calif.

On Jan. 10, detectives set up a meeting to purchase the phone from Pedroza. The undercover detective asked to see the condition of the iPhone prior to purchasing it. During their conversation the detective was able to verify that the IMEI number on the phone Pedroza was trying to sell matched the IMEI number from the victim's iPhone. When detectives questioned Pedroza he stated that he purchased the phones from his friend, later identified as Gary Thompson, age 18, of Oxnard.

Detectives then contacted Thompson for questioning. Thompson confirmed that he was at work at the Spruce Saddle Restaurant, on Jan. 6, where he works as a busser, but denied any knowledge of stolen property.

Pedroza was booked into the Eagle County Detention Facility on charges of theft by receiving, a class 2 misdemeanor and possession of alcohol by an underage person, a class 2 petty offense. Thompson was booked into the Eagle County Detention Facility on charges of theft, a class 2 misdemeanor.

Vail Resorts was very cooperative throughout the investigation.

If you think you may have any information about the suspects or this crime, please call the Eagle County Sheriff's Office at (970) 328-8500 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007, 1-800-972-TIPS, submit your tip online at, or text a tip from your cell phone by texting STOPCRIME plus your message to CRIMES (274637). If your tip leads to the arrest and indictment of any suspect involved, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward from the Crime Stoppers.

On Jan. 6, a 58-year-old woman was sitting in her camper that was parked next to public land at the Glenwood Canyon Trailhead in Dotsero when she heard gun shots and something hit her camper. She stayed inside the camper and saw two men leave in a pickup truck, which was the only other car there.

There was no damage to her camper but the woman called deputies to report the incident. A deputy saw the suspect vehicle exit Interstate 70 at Gypsum and followed it as it pulled into a driveway.

Two shotguns and two .22-caliber rifles were in the vehicle. The 27-year-old driver and 45-year-old passenger said they were hunting ducks and saw a coyote when they returned to the truck. The 27-year-old said he tried to shoot the coyote and missed, and that he was aiming away from the camper.

The officer discovered that the 27-year-old's driver's license was revoked for an alcohol offense and that he was a convicted felon. He was arrested for possessing weapons as a previous offender and driving without a license.

Unknowingly drove without insurance

A deputy stopped a car for speeding on U.S. Highway 6 in Eagle-Vail Jan. 8. The 31-year-old driver could not find an insurance card for the vehicle. He called the owner and was told the car was not insured. He was cited for speeding and driving without insurance, and the car was towed.

• An Edwards resident was driving home with her husband on June Creek Road Dec. 31 when they heard something strike the car on the passenger side. When they got home, there were two green paintball splatters on the side of the car.

• A woman reported that several things were stolen from her car while it was parked in a public garage at Beaver Creek Jan. 2. The woman thought she locked the car but there was no sign of forced entry. The stolen items totaled approximately $3,000 and included $750 cash, a GPS, laptop, cell phone, Burton snowboard and bindings, and a Nikon camera.

• A Flexible Flyer sled worth $100 was stolen from a back yard on Coyote Court in Eagle-Vail between Dec. 19 and Jan. 3.

• A black or silver Jeep Cherokee drove away from an Eagle-Vail gas station without paying for $81 of fuel Jan. 7. The driver was a man between 45 and 50 years old. The car had a green and yellow "GO" where the front license plate would be.

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The VailDaily Updated Jan 16, 2013 12:28PM Published Jan 16, 2013 12:26PM Copyright 2013 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.