Vehicle turns up in 'comical' situation

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During the two weeks Devon Bradley's Jeep Wrangler was missing, police called him once to say they had found it and once to say the car they found wasn't his. Then, Routt County Sheriff's deputies told him it had turned up.

"I said, "All right. Cool. You have it. But do you really have it?" said Bradley, 21. "Are you sure you really have it?"

On Wednesday, Bradley was reunited with his Jeep, and this time, it really was his.

Bradley reported his 1995 Wrangler missing from his apartment complex parking lot the first week of November. He was told that Steamboat Springs police officers investigating a car burglary at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort underground parking lot found his Jeep. The next day, officers told Bradley the Jeep was not stolen, that it was not his, and that they were sorry.

On Nov. 12, Bradley was contacted by sheriff's deputies, who told him they had found the Jeep.

Undersheriff Dan Taylor said deputies found Bradley's Jeep on Burgess Creek Road near the Rendezvous ski shop.

"We actually found his Jeep as the result of a burglary investigation," he said.

Bradley said that deputies told him several items from the ski shop had been stolen, including goggles, gloves and other ski equipment. Some of the merchandise was found in Bradley's Jeep. Apparently, the thieves abandoned the car after they got it stuck in a ditch.

Bradley said deputies told him they had to use a Snowcat to remove the car from its location, though the car did not look as if it had been vandalized or involved in an accident.

"The only items that were actually missing from my car was a hunting mask and a pink Halloween clown mask," he said. "This whole situation definitely has been comical."

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