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On Feb. 6, the Eagle County Sheriff's Office was contacted on a theft report. The victim told deputies that on Jan. 22, she was skiing laps on Vail Mountain when she noticed that her backpack was unzipped and her camera and lens were missing. The victim stated that the equipment must have been taken from her backpack while standing in the lift line. The camera and lens were valued at $4,200.

Shortly after the theft occurred, the victim began watching the sale ads on the Internet for cameras matching the description of the one stolen from her backpack.

On Jan. 29, she located an ad, in the High Rockies edition of Craigslist, selling a camera exactly like the one taken from her. The victim contacted the individual listed in the ad and expressed interest in purchasing the camera. She also requested photos of the camera and photos taken by the camera so that she could verify the condition of it before finalizing the purchase.

Teodor Georgiev, 29, of Eagle-Vail, emailed the photos not knowing that he was speaking to the rightful owner, who is very knowledgeable in innovation and technology. Upon receiving the photos the victim was able to use the encryption, on the picture of the camera, that was taken with a smartphone and pull up the GPS location of where the photos were taken. GPS indicated that the photos were taken from an address in Eagle-Vail. The victim was also able to view the serial number on the advertised camera and verify that it was the same as the one stolen from her. She then contacted the Eagle County Sheriff's Office with the information that she had obtained during her personal investigation. Undercover deputies contacted Georgiev and made arrangements to meet with him to purchase the camera.

Georgiev told deputies that he found the camera while he was working at Vail Resorts. He stated that "times are tough so he figured he would sell it" rather than following Vail Resorts policy, which requires employees to report all found items to lost and found.

Georgiev was booked into the Eagle County Detention Facility on charges of theft.

Vail Police Department assisted in this investigation.

A deputy stopped a car for speeding in Avon Feb. 2 and the 23-year-old driver didn't have a license.

The man said his driver license was revoked for a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. He had almost completed the requirements of his sentence.

The man was arrested for driving with a revoked license and speeding.

Deputies were notified of a suspected burglary on Meadow Brook Drive in Vail Feb. 3.

A 25-year-old woman said she and her fiance had been renting the unit for a few ski seasons and recently bought it as a second home. A few odd things had happened there since then.

On Jan. 26, they came home and noticed a basement door was open. Nothing seemed out of place and they made sure to lock all the doors when they left.

On Feb. 2, they arrived and the back door leading to the hot tub was open. Snow was brushed off the hot tub cover, suggesting it had been used. Two cordless Bose Soundlink speakers and their charger were missing, which was $700 worth of equipment.

The woman's mother said it appeared that one of the beds had been slept in a couple weeks before.

A deputy noted many valuables that could have been taken. He also saw footprints around the house that looked like a person was caught by surprise and ran off.

The woman said they will change the codes on their locks.

• Two pairs of rental skis worth $250 each were stolen from a rack outside a Vail hotel Jan. 28.

• A woman from Washington, D.C., reported that her suitcase with $3,000 worth of clothing was missing after she flew home on a private plane from the Vail Valley Jet Center on Dec. 10. She last saw the bag when it was loaded onto a van taking her and other passengers to the airport.


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