False alarm: Stolen Jeep still missing

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Devon Bradley's Jeep had been missing for more than a week when he got a call from police early Thursday saying they had found it in an underground parking lot Wednesday night.

When he received the call at about 6:30 a.m., Bradley, 21, could barely contain his excitement.

"I immediately jumped up and said, 'No way. That's excellent,'" he said.

His elation was short-lived, however.

After officers told Bradley they found his 1995 Jeep Wrangler at the Sheraton Steam--boat Resort, they told him he could just go and pick it up and that would be that.

Bradley immediately left his Walton Village apartment, from which the Jeep disappeared Nov. 1, and drove with his girlfriend to the parking structure, but he couldn't find his Jeep.

"I looked on both levels. I looked everywhere for it," he said. "It wasn't there."

So, Bradley called the Steam--boat Springs Police Depart--ment and was told officers had found a different stolen car -- a green Ford Bronco -- in the underground garage Wednesday night.

"The officer apologized for the situation, but I was obviously still pretty upset," he said. "At that point, I was completely gone. I couldn't deal with it."

Police Capt. Joel Rae said Thursday that officers found the Jeep while investigating an incident involving three juveniles accused of burglarizing a car parked in the same underground lot.

Police Sgt. Dale Coyner said the vehicle officers found was not a green Bronco, but a Jeep matching the description of Bradley's.

"I'm not sure where the confusion was -- whether it was with our officers or not -- but as far as we are concerned (Bradley's) vehicle is still missing. That case is still under investigation," he said.

Coyner said the Jeep that officers found turned out not to be stolen, it had just been in the parking lot for a while. Officers were working with the hotel to identify the owner.

Bradley said he wanted people to know his black Jeep with a tan soft-top was still missing.

"It's frustrating because my family works very hard day and night to keep this city secure, and we work with the cops a lot," he said. "They should have called me or this other guy (Wednesday) night, not the next morning."

Bradley works for Security Plus, his parent's security company.

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