Stolen Olympic Apparel Found Dumped

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Salt Lake City, UT, Dec. 7, 2001 (AP)--Factory workers found Olympic uniforms floating in a river on Thursday, leading to the recovery of $28,000 worth of merchandise stolen from one of the games' sponsors.

The goods were recovered a few miles from the Marker Ltd. warehouse, where thieves broke into a truck last week and made off with the clothing, including 40 coats and parkas made exclusively for International Olympic Committee members.

``We think we've got most of it,'' West Valley Police Lt. Charles Illsley said.

Employees of Steel Coatings saw the apparel floating in the Jordan River and notified police. Most of the merchandise was still wrapped in plastic and didn't get wet, according to Mark Lewis, president and CEO of Salt Lake's Olympic marketing agency.

Publicity about the theft made the goods too hot to handle, Illsley said. The IOC clothing is marked by the game's five distinctive rings. Also recovered were ski jackets with the Salt Lake Olympic logo, vests, turtlenecks, baseball caps and blankets.