Sacramento police are looking for leads in a high-profile caper: The case of Lance Armstrong's missing $10,000-plus time trial bike.
Early in the morning of Sunday Feb. 15th, officials from Armstrong's Team Astana and Armstrong himself reported on their twitter feeds that the one-of-a-kind black and gold bike that he used Saturday in the Sacramento prologue and three other teammates' bikes were stolen from a team truck.
"Bad way to start the morning ... Bikes stolen from the truck last night," reads the Team Astana feed.
As the police began their investigation, the race rolled on. It started at noon in Davis, and was to end 108 miles later in Santa Rosa. The race has most of the greatest riders in the world, but Armstrong, a seven time Tour de France winner just returning to competitive cycling, is the largest star that people braved the weather to see.
The bikes were stolen from an unmarked moving truck parked behind the Residence Inn on L Street in Sacramento between 10 p.m. Saturday and 6:45 a.m. Sunday morning when the theft was discovered.
Armstrong, posted a picture of the bike on his twitter feed writing: "There is only one like it in the world therefore hard to pawn it off."
The police were contacting local pawn shops just in case.
Welcome to Northern California Mr. Armstrong, unfortunately for you and the reputation of our region you will be leaving a little lighter.
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