home

Bikes recovered, meth addict suspected in St. Johns shop burglary

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on July 18th, 2007 at 2:45 pm

Here's an update to the story about a burglary at Weir's Cyclery in St. Johns courtesy of Ira Ryan (who works in the basement of the shop),

"The cops recovered 10 bikes and most of the other stuff last night. The thief was a resident tweaker in St. Johns who the cops are on a first-name basis with.

He was trying to sell them in the plaza in downtown St. Johns and the cops followed him to his house (just 4-5 blocks from the precinct) where they found nearly everything that was stolen."

Ryan says the bikes are a bit mangled and that the cops suspect that the remaining bikes were immediately parted out and sold.

Email This Post Email This Post

Possibly related posts


Gravatars make better comments... Get yours here.
Please notify the publisher about offensive comments.
Comments
  • rixtir July 18, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    He was trying to sell them in the plaza in downtown St. Johns

    Criminals sometimes really are stupider than you and I, aren\'t they? Unbelieveable.

    Glad to hear most of the bikes are back, too bad about the parted and damaged ones.

    I hope the thief gets the book thrown at him. A nice long stay in prison, hopefully. Can you stay on this story, Jonathan?

    Recommended Thumb up 0

  • SKiDmark July 18, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    What did I say about meth?

    Recommended Thumb up 0

  • gabrielamadeus July 18, 2007 at 3:01 pm

    hahahaha! What an idiot! Glad to hear the news.

    Recommended Thumb up 0

  • Todd July 18, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    the thief\'s METHod to sell the bikes was flawed.

    (sorry i couldnt resist)

    Recommended Thumb up 0

  • Dave July 18, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    What? A tweaker? Say it isn\'t so...

    Recommended Thumb up 0

  • tonyt July 18, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    meth and stolen bikes?

    like chocolate and peanut butter.

    Recommended Thumb up 0

  • max adders July 18, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    speaking of meth: I saw a Wal-Mart quality Mongoose MTB with a rather too-nice carbon aerospoke front wheel today.

    Locked up at 11th & Morrison, but gone a few minutes later when I passed by again. I intended to take a pic to see if anyone had lost a wheel recently...

    Recommended Thumb up 0

  • Adam July 18, 2007 at 3:20 pm

    Go figure it was a tweaker. I\'m just glad to hear that they found who did it.

    Recommended Thumb up 0

  • Anonymous July 18, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    Glad to hear that my initial feeling was correct (#39 in the other post).
    When I saw the smile on the guy in the yellow cap, riding 2 new bikes at Ivanho and Charleston, I figured it had to be good news. I have a friend who has a store in the area and he has had burgulars actually cut a hole in the roof to get into his place.

    Makes a guy want to keep a few crocodiles in the place overnight.

    Recommended Thumb up 0

  • BillD July 18, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    Glad to hear that my initial feeling was correct (#39 in the other post).
    When I saw the smile on the guy in the yellow cap, riding 2 new bikes at Ivanho and Charleston, I figured it had to be good news. I have a friend who has a store in the area and he has had burgulars actually cut a hole in the roof to get into his place.

    Makes a guy want to keep a few crocodiles in the place overnight.

    Recommended Thumb up 0

  • Jonathon S July 18, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    Damn, I\'ve seen that Mongoose too! This is a really small town when it wants to be.

    Recommended Thumb up 0

  • Martha S. July 18, 2007 at 10:18 pm

    Maybe that mongoose just belongs to someone crazy enough to have a wheel worth more than the rest of the bike... :P

    It\'s great to hear that this stuff was recovered. ^_^

    Recommended Thumb up 0

  • bhance July 19, 2007 at 8:56 am

    and the cops followed him to his house ... where they found nearly everything that was stolen

    You know, I hardly ever say this, but it seems pretty appropriate here: p0wned!

    Very glad to hear this guy got nailed. Hopefully the losses aren\'t too bad when it\'s all tallied up.

    Recommended Thumb up 0

  • wsbob July 19, 2007 at 9:12 am

    It\'s amazing, if true, that one stupid tweaker can bust into a shop all by himself and walk off with that much merchandise. I wonder if, after all of this, Weir\'s will be taking steps to make their shop a little more secure? I\'m sure it\'s expensive to do this, but they\'ve go to. They really lucked out this time.

    Recommended Thumb up 0

  • Adam8 July 19, 2007 at 9:51 am

    Can we start summarily executing meth-addict bike thieves yet?

    Recommended Thumb up 1

  • rixtir July 19, 2007 at 10:05 am

    Quoting myself:

    I hope the thief gets the book thrown at him. A nice long stay in prison, hopefully.

    My kneejerk sentiment when one of these bike thieves is finally caught. But after thinking it over, I really don\'t believe that a stay in prison is the appropriate response to the problem. Too many drug addicts, alcoholics, and otherwise mentally ill people end up in the penal system because they don\'t want or can\'t get the help they need.

    Yes, this guy is a bike thief, and not just a meth addict, but he\'s a bike thief because he\'s got a habit to feed. For me, it would be far more preferable to convict the guy, give him a suspended sentence, contingent upon him getting drug free and staying drug free for a very long time-- say ten years or more drug free, before probation ends. Put him in a program, get him off drugs, and keep him off drugs. I think that\'s a better approach than throwing him in prison and thinking the problem is solved.

    But what about punishment? I\'d rather see some sort of restorative justice here as part of his sentence: Restitution to Weir\'s, and community service related to bike theft and/or meth addiction.

    And if he doesn\'t meet the terms of his sentence or probation, there\'s always that suspended sentence dangling over his head...

    Recommended Thumb up 0

  • tonyt July 19, 2007 at 10:18 am

    You know rixtir, if his crime was possessing the drugs, I\'d agree. Treatment, treatment, treatment.

    But he broke into a place of business, damaged stuff, stole A LOT of stuff and sold some of it too.

    Yes, treatment is appropriate. While he sits in prison for a long time.

    If someone did this crime w/o the drugs, he/she would be due a good time behind bars.

    Do we want to punish people more if they DON\'T do drugs?

    Again, I am all for treatment, but the involvement of drugs does not reduce culpability or the appropriateness of time behind bars.

    Recommended Thumb up 0

  • rixtir July 19, 2007 at 10:46 am

    Do we want to punish people more if they DON\'T do drugs?

    I think the answer would have to be yes, because their criminal behavior isn\'t fueled by the need to feed a habit.

    I\'m not saying that there should be no sentence. I\'m just saying that it makes more sense to make him atone for his crime through restitution to Weir\'s-- i.e., paying Weir\'s for the loss he caused-- and through restorative justice to the community, after he\'s drug free. Real restorative justice-- not picking up cigarette butts on the street, not a once a month talk to kids about drugs, but a real, substantive contribution to helping end the meth addiction and/or the bike theft epidemic. And if he doesn\'t follow through, then punish him with incarceration.

    I think that in the end, that result, multiplied by the number of addicts we could set on the road to recovery if we tried, is healthier for the community than sending him to prison and thinking that the addiction & theft problem has been addressed.

    Anyway, I was just disagreeing with my earlier post.

    Recommended Thumb up 0

  • bhance July 19, 2007 at 11:49 am

    If it\'s a nonviolent crime he\'ll probably do zero time, just get more probation, etc.

    Recommended Thumb up 0

  • zilfondel July 19, 2007 at 11:59 pm

    Gotta love tweakers...

    Recommended Thumb up 0

  • Cicero January 30, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Meth permanently alters brain chemistry. I\'ve had to study it quite a bit in pharmacy school. Serious tweakers can only be cured with permanent incarceration or death. This thief will be stealing again within 6 months. Sad but true.

    Recommended Thumb up 0

- Daily bike news since 2005 -
BikePortland.org is a production of
PedalTown Media Inc.
321 SW 4th Ave, Ste. 401
Portland, OR 97204

Powered by WordPress. Theme by Clemens Orth.
Subscribe to RSS feed


Original images and content owned by Pedaltown Media, Inc. - Not to be used without permission.