Go-cart disappears during Grand Prix

A go-cart worth about $7,000 reportedly was stolen early Sunday morning from the Meadows Parking Lot area.

The go-cart owners were taking part in the Steamboat Springs Grand Prix of Karting, which brought 120 competitors from across the state and beyond.

Steamboat Springs police Capt. Joel Rae said the go-cart reportedly was stolen between 2 and 7 a.m. Sunday. The owners of the cart, whose names Rae could not provide, were sleeping in a trailer during that time, with the cart left outside on a stand.

The perpetrator lifted the go-cart up and pushed it, he said. He or she likely would have had a truck to load the go-cart in and take it away.

"Someone just walked up and took it from its stand," he said.

Also during that time, $700 worth of tools that were in a gear bag outside another camper reportedly were taken, and an impact wrench and cordless drill worth $400 were taken from a third party. All three victims were involved in the races, Rae said. The thefts were reported throughout Sunday morning.

Rae had no comment about whether there were any suspects. It is the first time such an incident has happened during the four years the race has taken place in Steamboat.

Byron Radcliff, race organizer, said he has raced go-carts for 20 years, leaving vehicles and equipment out for weeks on end. He has never lost as much as a spark plug, he said.

"It's way out of the ordinary, and that's what's kind of sketchy about it," Radcliff said.

He said he didn't understand why a go-cart was chosen out of the dozens of vehicles that were there.

Practice and qualifying races were held Saturday. The real competitions for prizes in 13 classes were Sunday.

-- To reach Susan Cunningham, call 871-4203 or e-mail scunningham@steamboatpilot.com

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