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Cops: Thief steals, waxes skis

J.K. Perry
Vail, CO Colorado

BEAVER CREEK ” A thief snatched some skis from Beaver Creek, waxed them, went to the mountain a few days later to ski and was caught red handed, according to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

A lift operator discovered his skis missing outside the Coyote Cafe Dec. 17. A co-worker saw the thief toting the skis through Beaver Creek Dec. 20 and called security. Authorities found the thief riding the escalator.

He told deputies he took the unattended skis from the Bear Lot because he couldn’t find the owner.

“I thought they were demos and someone had lost them,” the thief said.

The thief said he meant to put an advertisement in the newspaper to find the owner, but he never did. He went back to Beaver Creek with the intention of using the skis, despite the fact he owned his own pair of skis.

“I was going to ski on them because they are better than mine,” he said.

The lift operator told deputies his nickname was written on the ski tips and one ski had an open gash in it. The deputies found the nickname, although the gash had been repaired.

The thief denied repairing the skis.

“I did not fix any gashes but I did wax them,” he said.

Deputies arrested him for theft.

VAIL ” Buzz Schleper wants his sign back.

A thief climbed up a ladder Tuesday night or Wednesday morning and stole the black and yellow Buzz’s Ski Shop sign, he said. Schleper is offering a reward ” a year of ski tunes ” to anyone who returns the sign or gives information leading to the sign.

“People are going to think I’m out of business with the sign gone,” he said.

Call the shop confidentially at 476-3320 to get the reward or contact Vail police at 479-2200 with any information.

AVON ” Four car thieves raided the Chapel Square parking garage Dec. 3 and stole a CD player, snowboard and other items, according to an Avon police report.

The four originally went to Beaver Creek parking lots, but couldn’t find anything worth stealing. They drove to Chapel Square in a red car and parked in the garage.

Surveillance video showed the four using flashlights to look through vehicles; one of the them took a snowboard from a truck.

Two people entered the structure just as one burglar got out of their car. The pair walked by the group, who hid for a while before leaving in the red car.

A satellite radio, stereo face plate, snowboard, sunglasses and stereo were stolen from four vehicles, all unlocked or left with a window down.

One of the thieves, when located by police, denied stealing anything, but admitted others in the group hid the stolen goods in Red Cliff.

Another one of the thieves admitted stealing CDs and the snowboard. He returned the items hidden in Red Cliff. The third burglar said he didn’t break into any cars or steal anything.

The fourth didn’t give a statement in the report. All four likely will be charged in the next two weeks with first-degree criminal trespass, theft, and conspiracy.

Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 748-2928 or

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