Police have a break in the case of a Utah bicyclist whose house was practically cleaned out by burglars.
The Joint Criminal Apprehension Team along with the Salt Lake Metro Gang Unit recovered one of the vehicles stolen from the house of Salt Lake resident David Zabriskie.
The two law enforcement units were looking for a fugitive late Tuesday night when information they developed led them to a house near 400 East and 3500 South. They didn't find the man they were looking for, but they did unexpectedly find Zabriskie's 2006 Toyota Scion, said Salt Lake Police Sgt. Robin Snyder.
Sometime last week, thieves stole hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of items out of Zabriskie's house while he was out of town, including an Olympic time trial bike and 12 other high-end bicycles, two cars, video game systems, a 52-inch flat screen TV, and irreplaceable awards and mementos from the Olympics, Tour de France and other races.
Zabriskie is an internationally known cyclist who currently holds the record for the fastest time trial at the Tour de France, among many other achievements.
About 11 p.m. Tuesday, while deputies watched Zabriskie's car parked in a driveway, they watched a man come in and out of the residence several times to get in the car, Snyder said.
Eventually, the man got onto a bicycle, not one owned by Zabriskie, and rode to a nearby convenience store. That's when deputies approached and arrested the man, Snyder said.
Arthur Roll, 30, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of a stolen vehicle. It was the second time that day that Roll was put in jail.
Earlier Tuesday, Roll was arrested for investigation of vehicle burglary, possession of stolen property and four warrants. Salt Lake police booked him into jail Tuesday afternoon, but he was able to get out a short time later, only to be arrested again that night.
A search of both the car and house where it was found did not turn up any of Zabriskie's other possessions. But Snyder said Tuesday's find and arrest were significant because they marked a starting point.
"We'll hopefully be able to follow the trail back to the rest of the stolen property and possibly others who might be involved," she said.
Anyone with information on Zabriskie's other stolen items can call police at 801-799-INFO (4636).
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