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Motives murky in Eagle crime spree

Veronica Whitney
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EAGLE – David Manzi and Cory Long allegedly stole one car after another on a crime spree that spread from Denver to Eagle Tuesday night.Manzi, 43, of New York, is now in the Eagle County jail with bond set at $15,000 and is accused of stealing five cars, police said. At least two of those were stolen from local good Samaritans who stopped along I-70 between Wolcott and Eagle to help the pair every time they wrecked the stolen cars, police said. They ended up wrecking all five, police say.

Long, 28, of Greentown, Ind. also is in jail with a bond set at $15,000. He is accused of stealing three of the five cars involved in the criminal spree. Police said the men appeared to be intoxicated during the incident, but did not reveal whether they had learned the men’s motives.The theft spree began sometime after 9 p.m. Tuesday when Long and Manzi crashed a 1998 Infiniti they had allegedly stolen in Denver. The crash happened on I-70 between Wolcott and Eagle, said State Patrol Sgt. Shawn Olmstead, who is investigating the case.Then, the carjacking spree began according to police. First, the pair carjacked a Carbondale couple who had stopped to help them. Long and Manzi allegedly drove the couple’s car to the Eagle interchange, where they crashed again, Olmstead said.

When a man from Gypsum stopped to offer help, they stole his truck, Olmstead said.The men, who weren’t carrying any weapons, allegedly took the couple’s car and the man’s truck without a fight by simply jumping into the vehicles and driving away, Olmstead said.But the spree didn’t end there.

The pair then drove into Eagle and up Eby Creek Road before losing control of the truck, which got stuck in a snowbank, Olmstead said. Manzi ran away, while Long remained in the car. Long had apparently passed out and was arrested when police found him in the truck, Olmstead said. Manzi then tried to steal two other cars at Susie Kincaid’s home on Eby Creek Road. Manzi rammed one of the cars into a freezer in Kincaid’s garage, Olmstead. Manzi was arrested by the state patrol and he spent the night at the Vail Valley Medical Center for injuries suffered in the string of crashes. He was booked and taken to the county jail on Thursday afternoon.

“We don’t know where they were heading,” Olmstead said. “Manzi had a warrant for his arrest from the state of New York for parole violation, a nationwide felony warrant.”In Eagle County, Manzi faces five counts of first degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, one count of criminal mischief and one count of first degree burglary, all felonies. He also faces one count of DUI and reckless driving, Olmstead said. Long was charged with three counts of first degree aggravated motor vehicle theft and one count of criminal mischief, all felonies. He was also charged with one count of DUI and reckless driving, both misdemeanor charges, Olmstead said. Staff Writer Veronica Whitney can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 454 or vwhitney@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado