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Bike Theft Task Force leader has left PPB; future of unit unclear

A busy Bike Theft Task Force booth at a 2019 Sunday Parkways event. (Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) “Due to a lack of funds/budget, our unit has been suspended and is currently unable to respond to bike theft needs in the community.”— Dave Sanders, Task Force founder and former PPB officer A vital part of Portland’s fight against the scourge of bicycle theft has been mothballed. Six years ago, as bike theft spun out of control in Portland, we brought people together to do somethin...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, City Hall, Sanders, Task Force, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Jonathan Maus, Larry O Dea, Bike Theft, Portland Bike Theft Task Force, Dave Sanders, BikeIndex, David Bryant, Facebook Marketplace


Police budget cuts cripple bike theft response unit

The Bike Theft Task Force booth at a Sunday Parkways event in July 2016.(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) The leader of the Portland Police Police Bureau’s Bike Theft Task Force (BTTF) says the unit has lost its only source of funding and will significantly scale back its work for the foreseeable future. Officers with the task force had been doing regular bike registration events in partnership with Portland Parks rangers over the past few months. Last week Officer Dave Sanders took to the B...
Tags: Police, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Sanders, Chapman, Portland Police Bureau, Portland Bureau of Transportation, NRT, Downtown Portland, Jonathan Maus, BikePortland, Larry O Dea, PBOT, Bike Theft


Thief rams northeast Portland bike shop with truck, makes off with prototype bicycle

The damage. The bike. (Photos: Nomad Cycles PDX) What is with people using cars and trucks for nefarious and violent actions lately? This morning around 2:00 am someone driving a blue pick-up truck bashed into the front of the headquarters Nomad Cycles PDX on Northeast Sandy Blvd (just east of 57th). Shop owner Brad Davis says the driver intentionally broke through the front door. Once inside, the thief stole a prototype bicycle off the showroom floor and then sped away. According to Dav...
Tags: Business, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Davis, Alberta, Nomad, Santa Cruz, Brad Davis, Bike Shops, Jonathan Maus, Bike Theft, Sycip, Gladys Bikes, Nomad Cycles PDX


Downtown bike shops on hunt for dozens of bikes stolen during protests

Window of Pedal Bike Tours on SW 2nd Avenue.(Photo: Pedal Bike Tours/Instagram) While Portland’s protests in the name of the murder of George Floyd and ongoing police brutality in America have gotten more peaceful in recent nights, several downtown bike shop owners are still recovering from thefts that happened last week. We’re aware of over 30 bikes that have been stolen so far. Most of them were taken on Friday, May 29th when some people who were downtown during the protest smashed windows an...
Tags: Business, Evan Ross, America, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Southwest, Sanders, Bike Shops, Jonathan Maus, Orbea, Bike Theft, Portland Bike Theft Task Force, Dave Sanders, Bike Index


PPB Bike Theft Task Force recover 15 bikes, make two arrests in chop shop bust

Tools of the trade. Notice the seat bags too. A vanful of broken dreams. (Photos: PPB) The Portland Police Bureau’s Bike Theft Task Force continues to pay big dividends to our community. In a statement just released a few minutes ago, the PPB says an officer on the task force responded to a burglary call on Wednesday and stumbled upon a large chop-shop operation. The bust happened in southeast Portland on the 6000 block of SE Powell Blvd (just east of the Foster split). Here’s more...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Task Force, Stephens, Portland Police Bureau, Cannondale, Cortes, Jonathan Maus, Bike Theft, Portland Bike Theft Task Force, Dave Sanders, PPB, Southeast Powell Boulevard, BTTF


Let’s find 101-year old Chester Cunningham’s stolen trike

Mr. Cunningham’s trike.(Photo provided by Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office) Someone stole a trike from a 101-year old man and the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office wants our help to get it back to him. According to the Sheriff’s Office the trike was stolen Sunday night (5/3) from Chester Cunningham who lives near SE 74th and King Road in Milwaukie. The scooter is a red, E-Wheels EW 29 model. It has an electric front-hub motor. Cunningham told police thieves cut the chain and took it from his p...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Sheriff s Office, Cunningham, Milwaukie, King Road, Clackamas County Sheriff s Office, Jonathan Maus, Springwater Corridor, Bike Theft, Stolen Bikes, Chester Cunningham, Clackamas County Sheriff s Office Someone, Johnson Creek Blvd, Bell Ave


Bike Theft Task Force launches registration drive with U-lock giveaway

(Photo: PPB) Earlier this month we shared that the leader of the Portland Police Bureau Bike Theft Task Force said we could “end bike theft overnight” if everyone registered their bikes online. Now Task Force leader Officer Dave Sanders is putting u-locks where his mouth is. Thanks to an ongoing partnership with Abus Locks, the Portland Bureau of Transportation and registration site Project 529, the Task Force is adding a new twist to their “U Lock U Rock!” program. Once live events like Sun...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Portland Police Bureau, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Jonathan Maus, Bike Theft, Portland Bike Theft Task Force, Dave Sanders, Ofcr Sanders, Portland Police Bureau Bike Theft Task Force, Now Task Force, U Lock Challenge


5 years after launch, PPB Bike Theft Task Force leader says problem remains ‘very bad’

Last month members of the Task Force joined with Milwaukie PD for a free bike registration event on the Springwater Corridor.(Photos: Portland Police) Bike thieves do not care about the pandemic. In fact, it’s probably encouraging them to steal more. According to the Portland Police Bureau Bike Theft Task Force, bike theft in March was up 25% compared to last year. Task Force leader Officer Dave Sanders says it’s “very bad” out there right now. The BTTF was launched five years ago this week. W...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Old Town, Sanders, Task Force, Burnside Bridge, Jonathan Maus, Springwater Corridor, Bike Theft, Portland Bike Theft Task Force, Dave Sanders, Chris King Precision Components, Multnomah County District Attorney, Milwaukie Police Department


Portland Police online crime reporting system now includes bike theft

Screen grab from PPB Citizen Online Reporting site. In a bid to make crime reporting more convenient and free up officers for other calls, the Portland Police Bureau announced this week they’ve expanded the types of crimes that can be reported online. Along with identity theft, telephone scams, shoplifting, and other crimes, you can now use the PPB’s Citizen Online Reporting System to report a bicycle theft. The new system can be used if the value of your bicycle is below $10,000 and there are...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Sanders, Portland Police Bureau, Portland Police, Jonathan Maus, Bike Theft, Portland Bike Theft Task Force, Dave Sanders, Bryan Hance, PPB Bike Theft Task Force, Ofcr Sanders


Thief picks handcuffs, steals bike owned by Portland Police Bike Theft Task Force leader

Officer Sanders’ bike. Keep your eyes peeled! Portland’s bike theft problem has reached a new high. Yesterday while at the Multnomah County Courthouse, Portland Police Bureau Officer David Sanders had his bike stolen. Sanders is not just a PPB officer, he’s the leader of the Bike Theft Task Force, a unit launched in 2015 with the aim to curb bike theft citywide. “If they’re willing to steal a police bike in front of a courthouse, what have we come to?”— PPB Officer David Sanders A...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Willamette, Old Town, Sanders, David Sanders, Jonathan Maus, Bike Theft, Portland Bike Theft Task Force, Dave Sanders, Portland Police Bike Theft Task Force, Multnomah County Courthouse Portland Police Bureau, Bike Theft Task Force, Marin Nail Trail


Video of thieves in ‘secure’ bike room highlights larger problem

It’s gut-wrenching to watch. Full video below. The Ankeny Street Apartments at SE 27th and Ankeny are very welcoming to people who use bicycles. The building’s logo is a person riding one, there’s a brewery across the street with a long row of bike racks, and it’s located on one of the most popular bicycle boulevards in Portland. Unfortunately the abundance of nice bikes owned by tenants also make it a popular attraction for thieves. On October 10th Anchor NW Property Group, the company that ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Bike Theft


Bike shop burglar also suspected in fatal hit-and-run

PPB officers wrangle Nolan Harris inside Metropolis Cycle Repair early Wednesday morning.(Photo: Metropolis Cycle Repair) The suspect in a fatal hit-and-run crash that took the life of 85 year-old Ortrud Vatheuer on March 19th is now behind bars. But strangely, it wasn’t the hit-and-run that led police to him. Last Wednesday, under the cover of darkness, 30-year-old Nolan Harris broke into Metropolis Cycle Repair on North Williams Avenue. When shop owner Brad Parker received an alert on his ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Metropolis, Parker, HARRIS, Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah, Jonathan Maus, North Williams Avenue, Bike Theft, Metropolis Cycles, Tukwila Washington, BP Headlines, Brad Parker


Theft from apartment’s bike parking room a tough pill to swallow

*Photos of the scene by Patrick Mok North Portland resident and friend of BikePortland, Patrick Mok, had his bike stolen from his apartment building Monday night. What makes this theft notable is that he had it locked with a high-quality lock and it was inside a designated, fenced-in bike room. Patrick and his favorite commuter that’s currently in the hands of thieves. Getting a bike stolen is bad enough. Getting one stolen from a place you expected to be secure is even harder to swallo...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Brooks, Patrick, Kona, David David, Abus, Jonathan Maus, Bike Theft, Abus Bordo, BikeIndex, Duluth Trading Company, North Interstate Avenue, Jantzen


Theft from apartment’s bike parking room a hard pill to swallow

*Photos of the scene by Patrick Mok North Portland resident and friend of BikePortland, Patrick Mok, had his bike stolen from his apartment building Monday night. What makes this theft notable is that he had it locked with a high-quality lock and it was inside a designated, fenced-in bike room. Patrick and his favorite commuter that’s currently in the hands of thieves. Getting a bike stolen is bad enough. Getting one stolen from a place you expected to be secure is even harder to swallo...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Patrick, Abus, Jonathan Maus, Bike Theft, Abus Bordo, BikeIndex, North Interstate Avenue, BP Headlines, Patrick Mok North, BikePortland Patrick Mok, draw2build LLC, Scott Mizee


“Cut in 2 seconds!” Is the Ottolock really that easy to snip?

Screen shot of LockPickingLawyer video. Watch it below. The Ottolock by OTTO Design Works. A popular YouTuber has created a bit of a public relations headache for a local company. After a very successful Kickstarter campaign in fall of 2016 where they raised over $350,000 (their goal was just $50,000) from nearly 4,000 individuals, OTTO Design Works launched their Ottolock with the wind at their backs. The Wilsonville-based company says over 100,000 Ottolocks have been sold (at $60 to $8...
Tags: Hollywood, Youtube, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Products, Youtuber, Sanders, Wilsonville, Portland Police Bureau, Fred Meyer, Jonathan Maus, Bike Theft, Dave Sanders, Bryan Hance, BikeIndex


Portland Police deploy canine, air support units to chase down bike thief

Good girl Utzi! (Photo: PPB) On Friday evening we learned what great lengths the Portland Police Bureau will go to retrieve a bicycle. It happened around 6:00 pm in northeast Portland when someone reported that a child’s bike had been taken from the front lawn of a house on the 5500 hundred block of NE Simpson Street. The suspect was seen walking away with the bike and didn’t stop after several neighborhood kids asked him to return it. Here’s how the ensuing chase unfolded, according to the P...
Tags: Police, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Portland Police Bureau, TriMet, Portland Police, Jonathan Maus, Bike Theft, BP Headlines, Portland Police Canine


Portland’s most prolific bike thief steals again, gets 25 months in prison

Bikes found at Parsons’ camp in inner northeast Portland late last month. (Photos: Multnomah County DA/PPB) “I think it’s a big win for the community.”— Officer Dave Sanders, PPB Bike Theft Task Force A man who has been booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center 80 times over a 20-year career and is considered the kingpin of bike theft in Portland is behind bars. Again. Leroy Parsons, who once boasted about his bike theft skills in a local television interview, has been given a 25-mo...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Nice, Irving, Sanders, Parsons, Multnomah County Circuit Court, Portland Police Bureau, Brian Sanders, Jonathan Maus, Bike Theft, Portland Bike Theft Task Force, Dave Sanders, District Attorney s Office


Two bikes stolen in smash-and-grab theft at Breadwinner Cycles & Cafe

(Photos: Breadwinner Cycles) Be on the lookout: Breadwinner Cycles in north Portland was broken into last night and the thieves stole two bikes. Co-owner Ira Ryan contacted us with the news this morning. He said someone smashed through their glass front door, waltzed into the shop and took the bikes and a company laptop. According to Ryan the bike that was taken is a red, Lolo model road bike with the name “J. Daugherty” on the top tube. To make matters worse, the bike belonged to a customer fr...
Tags: Business, Washington, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Ryan, Portland Police, Jonathan Maus, Bike Theft, Framebuilders, Ira Ryan, Breadwinner Cycles, BP Headlines, Breadwinner Cycles Cafe, J Daugherty


Thieves snatch four bikes from Metropolis Cycle Repair on N Williams

Metropolis on N Williams and Page. Metropolis Cycle Repair owner Nathan Roll says thieves broke into his shop last night and took three mountain bikes — two of which belonged to customers. UPDATE: Roll says he just realized thieves took an additional bike — his own. See description and photo below. Here’s more from Roll about how it happened along with a description of the bikes. The thieves broke a pane in a window in the back of the shop and were able to unlatch the window. This situation wil...
Tags: Business, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Williams, Roll, Bike Shops, Jonathan Maus, Bike Theft, PPB, Kona Honzo, Shimano XTR, Metropolis Cycles, Nathan Roll, BP Headlines, Page Metropolis Cycle Repair


Thieves snatch three bikes from Metropolis Cycle Repair on N Williams

Metropolis on N Williams and Page. Metropolis Cycle Repair owner Nathan Roll says thieves broke into his shop last night and took three mountain bikes — two of which belonged to customers. Here’s more from Roll about how it happened along with a description of the bikes. The thieves broke a pane in a window in the back of the shop and were able to unlatch the window. This situation will be remedied shortly. Interestingly, they were only interested in mountain bikes. They passed over numerous ot...
Tags: Business, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Williams, Roll, Bike Shops, Jonathan Maus, Bike Theft, PPB, Kona Honzo, Metropolis Cycles, Nathan Roll, BP Headlines, Page Metropolis Cycle Repair, Lapierre Zesty


Sorry bike thieves, PBOT’s new — more secure — staple racks are finally hitting the streets

The first of a new generation — and hopefully a new era of bike theft prevention. (Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland) The City of Portland just raised their game when it comes to providing people with a secure place to park a bicycle. As we reported just over one year ago, the Bureau of Transportation updated their standard design for city-issued staple racks. Now that the existing stock of old ones has been used up, this week marked the first time one of the new racks went in. We heard the fi...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Bryant, John Brady, Scott Cohen, Bike Parking, Bureau of Transportation, Jonathan Maus, BikePortland, PBOT, Bike Theft, PBOT Communications


Thieves steal bikes, products and tools from Kenton Cycle Repair

The shop is in the process of moving to a larger location. (Photo: Kenton Cycle Repair) Kenton Cycle Repair has had a very rough start to the week. Around 6:00 am Monday morning two men broke into the shop and stole nine bikes and a large amount of tools and new products off the shelves. The shop is located at 2020 N McClellan Street, just off Denver Avenue in downtown Kenton. According to @pdxalerts (not official) the suspects were driving a blue Chevrolet pickup. The shop’s owner Rich Walker ...
Tags: Business, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Chevrolet, Kenton, Walker, Townsend, Portland Police, Denver Avenue, Bike Shops, Portland Design Works, Jonathan Maus, Campagnolo, Bike Theft, McClellan Street


Thieves steal bikes, new inventory from Kenton Cycle Repair

The shop is in the process of moving to a larger location. (Photo: Kenton Cycle Repair) Kenton Cycle Repair has had a very rough start to the week. Around 6:00 am Monday morning two men broke into the shop and stole nine bikes and a large amount of new inventory off the shelves. The shop is located at 2020 N McClellan Street, just off Denver Avenue in downtown Kenton. According to @pdxalerts (not official) the suspects were driving a blue Chevrolet pickup. The shop’s owner Rich Walker confirmed...
Tags: Business, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Chevrolet, Kenton, Walker, Townsend, Portland Police, Denver Avenue, Bike Shops, Portland Design Works, Jonathan Maus, Campagnolo, Bike Theft, McClellan Street


Bike shop offers $500 reward for return of rare, stolen e-trike

Owner of RecumbentPDX says the stolen trike is one of only 12 or so on the entire west coast. An rare electric-assist recumbent trike was stolen in downtown Portland over the weekend. It belongs to someone who is physically disabled. Mel Birgé, owner of RecumbentPDX in southeast Portland, is offering $500 for its return. Here’s more from Mel: An HP Scorpion Plus Pedelec was stolen. It looks virtually-identical to the one in the attached picture (the stolen one is tan color and has a larger...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Mel, Jonathan Maus, Bike Theft, Mel Birgé


Review: The Iota – a tiny bike tracker with huge potential

Size is just one reason this product has potential.(Photos: Bryan Hance/The Bike Index) BikePortland subscriber and resident bike theft expert Bryan Hance from The Bike Index checked out the Iota Tracker with an eye towards bike tracking, DIY hacking, and more. We field a lot of questions about ‘bike trackers’ at the Bike Index – everybody wants a small, affordable GPS tracker for their bike. Sounds like a simple request; but many people are surprised to learn a product like this doesn’t exist ...
Tags: San Francisco, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, AAA, Products, Bay Area, IOTA, U S Post, BikePortland, Bike Theft, Bryan Hance, BikeIndex, Iota Tracker, Iota Network Current Iota


Bike Index partners with the country’s largest pawn search system to find more stolen bikes

This post is by Portlander Bryan Hance. Bike Index is very excited to a new partner in our fight against bike theft: ! LeadsOnline runs the nation’s largest online investigation system used by thousands of law enforcement officers to monitor pawn shop and secondhand retailer transactions. Pawn shops across the country report their transactions to LeadsOnline in order to comply with local laws – and police use the site’s tools to search for, identify, and recover stolen goods from their ow...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Nevada, Salt Lake City Utah, Portland Police, Bike Theft, Bryan Hance, Bike Index


Police surprise Craigslist seller to help woman get her stolen bike back

The Craigslist post (still up as of today) said the bike was, “Recently bought for me as a gift but I’m not much into bicycle riding.” Northwest Portland resident Tina Penman is feeling very grateful for the Portland Police Bureau today. After her bike got stolen on Monday she set up a Craiglist sting with an officer who rolled up just in time to bust the thief. In the interest of educating others about how to prevent and recover a stolen bike, we asked Tina to share how it all went down. Here’...
Tags: Facebook, Craigslist, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Zipcar, Pearl, Tina, Portland Police Bureau, Northwest Portland, Jonathan Maus, Bike Theft


Forced to steal, a Cedar Hills teen turns in her mom and gets a new bike

This duo was arrested on multiple charges.(Photos: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office) We’ve covered many bike theft stories over the years; but we’ve never heard of anything quite like what we learned from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office this morning. A 13-year-old girl in Cedar Hills (seven miles west of Portland) called the police to report a bicycle that she suspected was stolen. The amazing thing is that the bike was given to her by her mother and she told the responding officer it w...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Evans, Washington County, Beaverton, Washington County Sheriff s Office, Jonathan Maus, BikePortland, Bike Theft


Bike Theft Task Force helps nab ‘prolific’ garage burglar

Joshua Dutcherson.(Photo: PPB) The Portland Police Bureau has nabbed another big-time thief who has a taste for high-end bicycles. The PPB worked with officers from the Bike Theft Task Force and task force partner BikeIndex.org to arrest Joshua Dutcherson last Thursday. The 32-year-old suspect is being held in connection with three burglaries of apartment complex garages where he’s accused of lifting “numerous bicycles.” Here’s how it went down, via the official police statement about the case:...
Tags: Craigslist, Ebay, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland Police Bureau, Southeast Portland, Jonathan Maus, Police Bureau, Multnomah County Jail, Bike Theft, Portland Bike Theft Task Force, Dave Bryant, Dave Sanders, Bryan Hance, BikeIndex


Bike Theft Task Force officers host ride-along on the Springwater Corridor

PPB Officers Dave Sanders (right) and Ben Labasan on the Springwater Path Saturday.(Photos: Portland Police Bureau) Leaders of the Portland Police Bureau’s Bike Theft Task Force did a ride-along on the Springwater Corridor path on Saturday. The ride was a spontaneous event that founder of the Task Force, PPB Officer Dave Sanders, posted to Twitter just a few hours before he set out. He was joined by fellow Officer Ben Labasan and the two of them were joined by a handful of citizens who showed u...
Tags: Police, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Sanders, Portland Police Bureau, Portland Police, Jonathan Maus, Springwater Corridor, Bike Theft, Portland Bike Theft Task Force, Dave Sanders