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Cell phone held for ransom in Vail

Dustin Racioppi
Vail, CO Colorado

Editor’s note: The following excerpts were taken from Eagle County law enforcement officers and police reports.

VAIL “-A man lost his phone while skiing on March 15.

When he later called the phone number, an unknown man answered. He said he’d give the phone back for $100. The owner of the phone agreed and the two decided to meet at a nearby restaurant.

The man with the phone never showed up. The owner called police. He said the phone was only valued at $60 and he canceled his service.

Bullet hits window at airport

GYPSUM ” A bullet hole consistent with the size of a BB pellet was found in a car window at the Eagle County Regional Airport on St. Patrick’s Day.

The woman who owned the car told deputies that she parked in the overflow lot for a few days. Witnesses say they saw her car with the window intact earlier that morning.

It could have been a BB sniper, as deputies say that the woman’s car was parked about 35 feet from Cooley Mesa Road. The bullet appeared to be from a .177 caliber BB gun, deputies said in the report.

Friends’ advice backfires

EDWARDS ” A local man is banned from an Edwards market and also has theft on his record after he allegedly stole a cart full of groceries, an act he told deputies was prompted by his friends’ advice.

Deputies said the man loaded up his cart with various items ” a 10-pound bag of potatoes, coffee, beef jerky, laundry detergent and other items totaling more than $100.

When he was spotted by clerks at the market, the report said the man ditched the items in the back of a truck parked outside and he ran away.

Deputies were able to track him down and he admitted to trying to steal the items. He told deputies he was having financial troubles and was sorry for what he did.

He was told by friends that if he walked out of the west end of the store he wouldn’t get caught, the man told deputies.

Stolen 4-wheeler turns up two years later

EAGLE COUNTY ” When an Eagle man tried to sell his black Yamaha four-wheeler two years after buying it from somebody in Leadville, he found out that what he bought ” and tried selling ” was stolen.

He bought the 2001 Yamaha Banshee in May 2007 for $1,000 from a man in Leadville. After a while the Banshee needed a lot of work and he didn’t have the money to put into it, so the Eagle man decided to sell it.

A buyer came forth on March 16. But after the Eagle man dropped the four-wheeler off, the buyer ran the VIN and learned it was stolen. The Eagle man picked the Banshee back up and called the Sheriff’s Office.

It was listed as stolen since August of 2007 in Lake County. The owner was contacted to pick it up.

Jewelry goes missing in overnight stay

EAGLE COUNTY ” Between switching rooms in an Eagle County hotel, a woman lost about $2,000 worth of jewelry.

She and her husband spent their first night at the hotel in a different room because the one they had reservations for wasn’t ready yet. The husband told deputies that the couple unpacked very little that night because they knew they’d be moving into their reserved room the next morning.

One of the things they unpacked, he said, was his wife’s purse with two bracelets inside. They were on the night stand when the couple went to sleep, the report said.

But the purse ” valued at $400 “-and the bracelets ” valued at $1,000 each “-weren’t anywhere to be found the next morning.

Deputies questioned the housekeeping supervisor, who said she didn’t see anything left behind in the room. They checked the housekeeping carts and couldn’t find anything. The housekeeping staff even emptied their pockets for the deputies, but still no jewelry.

The couple told deputies they were satisfied with the investigation and the case was marked as inactive.

Staff writer Dustin Racioppi can be reached at 970-748-2936 or dracioppi@vaildaily.com.

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