Man steals Indy racing suit from Vail bar, police say |

Man steals Indy racing suit from Vail bar, police say

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – It was all supposed to be a prank, claimed a Portland, Ore. man arrested, police say, for felony theft after taking something out of a display case at a Vail Village bar.

Anthony Wilkins, Jr., 40 entered a Vail bar with a group of people late June 30, carrying a backpack, according to police reports.

A bar employee saw Wilkins leave the backpack near a mounted display case displaying an autographed car racing suit. Later that evening, the employee noticed that the case was broken and the suit was gone.

The employee approached Wilkins, looked inside the backpack, saw the suit and called the police, said Commander Craig Bettis of the Vail Police.

The suit was valued at a few thousand dollars and was a collectors item, he said.

“When the police arrived, Mr. Wilkins immediately admitted to doing it, and he said it was a prank between him and his friends,” Bettis said.

Wilkins had been drinking that night, he added.

“He was very sorry, and called to ask to apologize to the business and to pay for the damage done to the case and have it remounted,” Bettis said.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or

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