Arrests made in the theft of Olympic hopefuls’ equipment in Atlanta – WSB-TV Channel 2
ATLANTA – An arrest has been made in the case of an Olympic hopeful who had all of her equipment stolen in Atlanta.
Dani Loeb said her specialty skis were taken away after thieves broke into her mother’s car. Now the police have caught the men they say stole them.
Michael Seiden of Channel 2 spoke to him about what it means for his chances of representing the United States
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Loeb, 20, is a former gymnast turned world-class aerial skier. She is now on a mission to win a trip to next month’s Winter Olympics in Beijing.
âIt’s something I’ve always wanted since I was little,â Loeb said.
His dream of one day competing in the Olympics could have been shattered, thanks to a pair of suspected thieves.
âThey took my skis and in my ski bag was my jumping uniform, overcoats, hats and helmets,â she said.
It happened last month in the parking lot of a Peachtree Road skyscraper in Buckhead.
Loeb said she was still flying to Atlanta to meet her mother when the thieves broke into the family vehicle.
âAt first I was just relieved that no one was hurt, but then I realized, ‘Oh, shoot! I have an upcoming competition and I have no equipment! I have nothing!’ I was panicking, âLoeb said.
Police arrested and charged Kelvin Evans and Andre Pitts on Tuesday with several counts, including entering an automobile or other motor vehicle with intent to commit theft or a crime.
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As for Loeb, she is still awaiting news from investigators, hoping they will recover her stolen items.
For now, she relies on her friends, family and teammates to support him. A friend even designed a personalized helmet for her.
âI’m really shocked and grateful to everyone in Atlanta who tried to help me and give me a platform to talk about this,â she said.
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