Suspects arrested in Eagle bike theft
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE, Colorado – Two people were arrested and charged with felony theft of property after police say they took a bike from a park in Eagle.
Manuel Loera Jr., 18, of Gypsum, and a juvenile, whose name was withheld, were booked into the Eagle County Jail.
On July 12, officers of the Eagle Police Department responded to the new bicycle park next to the Eagle Pool on a report of a stolen mountain bike.
The victim said the bike was worth about $4,000 and was stolen from the park area after being left unattended for several hours. Witnesses told officers two male suspects were involved in the theft and provided descriptions of the suspects and the vehicle they left in.
Around the same time, a local Eagle bike shop called police due to two suspicious males coming into the shop asking about trading bikes, then leaving the business. Descriptions of the males and their vehicle were consistent with the original reported information, police said. On Wednesday, the males again returned to the bike shop in Eagle in a different pickup truck, according to police.
On Thursday, Eagle Police officers on patrol observed the second pickup truck described by witnesses. Officers saw the stolen bicycle in the open bed of the pickup, according to police. Officers detained both males in the vehicle. One of the original witnesses responded to the scene and indicated he positively identified the two males as the suspects, according to police. The bicycle was also positively identified, police said.
After they were arrested, they confessed to stealing the bike from the park, initially indicating they intended to return it to the owner, but also that they knew it was wrong to take possession of property that was not theirs, police said.