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Burglars take almost all his possessions from his S.L. home

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 25 2009 12:00 a.m. MST

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Good Neighbor

Why aren't we looking out for one another? I can't believe this kind of robbery could occur while the neighbore stood idly by.

Sorry to hear about this, Z. Good luck getting everything back, and great ride in the Tour of California last week!

Behind the shutters

Why even look out when the dogs are barking uncontrollably, I just turn up my TV, see no problem! Looks like someone gets to start a new life1 Maybe he owed the IRS back taxes, they take stuff too

Hope he has insurance

Everyone just wants to mind their own business really, until something tragic like this happens. I feel very sorry for him and hope he has insurance. How many of us really even know who are neighbors are let alone care about watching their property when they are out of town.

It sad, but true.

Utah Resident

Sorry to read about this tremendous loss. You can't replace the things that probably meant so much to him and he has worked so hard to obtain. I hope they find the people who did this and he can get whatever he can back. Good luck Dave.

lots of blame

the things are just that, THINGS! They don't really mean squat.

Now I want to know why it is the neighbors fault and not the guy himself.

Did he not tell a neighbor or two he was leaving town? Could they have then kept an eye on things?

Or did he call and stop mail and newspapers??? thus alerting any criminal that he wasn't there.

OR the criminals knew he was gone since he races...

still, telling neighbors is the best deterrent.


It's easy to say "they don't really mean squat" when they are not YOUR things.

They have sentimental value to him.

So sorry...

What a truly heartbreaking and horrific story! Outstanding American citizen, out doing what he loves...I hope we as a society can locate even one item. It might lead to the rest.

Sorry to hear of your loss. Don't let them change your peace of mind. You have a lot of support out here!

Keep being a good example for the rest of us!


I try to be cynical with the folks that comment here, but it is hard to keep up when idiots like 'lots of blame' open their yaps.
Dave Zabriskie is a Utah sports hero and therefore contributes more to this state then any of our on line keyboard athletics.

This does not smell like an ordinary random burglary. Stealing what is obviously worthless points points to something more like revenge.


Dave is an awesome rider and an awesome competitor!

What a pathetic story. Even more pathetic are the comments blaming him. He's the victim here, not the bad guy.


"lots of blame", are you for real?

Things are just things? Like his one of a kind Olympic ring from when he represented the USA in Bejing? How about the bike that he rode to win the opening stage of the Tour de France beating Lance Armstrong? Yeah, that is just a thing.

Also, it turns out that when you are sitting in 2nd place in the biggest bike race in the USA, it gets publicized where you are. He had his mom stopping by daily to get the newspaper, mail, and to check the house.

So, I suppose there is nothing in your home that you would regret having it gone in a fire or taken by thieves.


This is sad. David is a family friend and a very decent, wonderful and respectable person. David is a courteous person when it come to other vehicles on the road. I hope authorities catch the cowardly thieves.


I didn't hear any mention of Davids, wife and little baby sons things missing. I was wondering if their belongings had also been taken?

Bountiful Resident

As a community we all should look out for each other. In an effort to stay out of the way we miss opportunities to care. I am a mother of an out-of-towner now too and I check on my son's Bountiful home. I'm very grateful for his diligent neighbors who go right to his door to check out anything unusual - usually it's some of our family members, but they are noticing and I am so appreciative of this. If they weren't comfortable with that direct approach calling the police would be fine with me.

In my own circle I once had my son-in-law's truck sitting outside my house. He was inside with his child, just waiting for his wife who was to meet him there. The next-door neighbor didn't recognize the truck, noticed there was a man and child, and called the police who came to check it out. How nice that my neighbors cared enough about a child they didn't know to take action.

We need to be more of a "village" where ever we live. My heart aches for Dave.

re:lots of blame

You were awfully quick to preach the lofty ideal of emotional detachment from these priceless items.

You weren't involved in this theft in any way, were you?

Stupid Theifs

I am sorry to hear about this robbery. I wouldn't wish that on anybody. You feel so helpless and victimized, it stinks. I do think however, that the pathetic individuals will be caught. I am not a former theif, but there has got to be some kind of unwritten rule that you don't take this much stuff or this much personal stuff from one person. What is this theif going to do?

It is only going to take ONE of the MANY things that were taken to be recovered and the theif(s) will be caught. Unfortunately, it doesn't mean all of the stuff will be recovered or undamaged. I'm sorry that it happened at all.

This is horrible...

DZ, we are so sorry! People are ridiculous, how can they possibly justify any of this? Sure, some things are replaceable, but how can he ever get those sentimental items replaced. Our hearts go out to you DZ!

Eric C.

To Stupid Theifs: It was a burglary, not a robbery.

Big Fan

Sorry Dave -

I hope there is a swift and just reward for those who took advantage of your situation. I have zero tolerance for anyone who preys on others for their own betterment or gain. I hope these stupid criminals realize they cannot hawk any of these unique items without being caught.

Lance Armstrong said it best when his time trial bike was stolen in the TOC - They had better keep in their closet and not tell anyone because if they do, they will be caught.

Let's hope they are caught regardless...

One of your Aunts

Dave, I am your Mom's cousin. My mother would keep me up on your activities until she passed away. It makes me so sad that there are people in the world who think nothing of what their actions do to others---as long as they profit from them. I hope you know that you are thought about and cared about by many- you don't even know yet! I wish you and your family the best, and hope you don't become bitter because of someone else's greed!

Dont blame neighbors:

The neighbors may have not know he was not home. It sounds like professionals. My grandparents were cleaned out by professional burglars when they were sleeping. They actually came into their bedroom and stole jewelry etc. and luckily my relatives didn't wake up. But tvs, stereos and various items were taken. Neighbors did not see or hear anything that night.

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