Bike Theft Archives

Bicycle ‘boneyard’ under I-5 freeway is a haven for thieves

Posted on November 23rd, 2015 at 1:27 pm.

Bike parts litter the ground at “the boneyard” under I-5 along the Eastbank Esplanade.
(Photo: Portland Police Bureau)

Portland police officers call it “the boneyard” and frustration is growing about how to clean it up once and for all.


Brazen bike thief appears in court facing prison sentence and $250,000 bail

Posted on November 18th, 2015 at 11:48 am.

Parsons appeared via video at the Justice Center in downtown Portland this morning.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s office is sick and tired of Leroy Parsons gaming the system.

Parsons, arguably Portland’s most brazen and prolific perpetrator of bike theft, appeared in court today. He was arrested last week for bike theft and the DA has upgraded his charges to include 16 total counts, including nine felony charges (several of which are for bike theft) and an increased bail amount aimed in keeping him locked up until sentencing.

If convicted on all counts Parsons could face a lengthy prison term. But that’s a big if.


Bait bike programs trace thefts but can struggle to convict, KATU reports

Posted on November 4th, 2015 at 8:35 am.

With Reed College’s bait bike program dealing with enforcement challenges, local ABC affiliate KATU-TV is shedding more light on the thorny issue of theft deterrence.

In the most recent case, KATU reported yesterday, one of the bikes that the college has equipped with a GPS unit was tracked to a “chop shop hidden behind [a] bookcase.” But nobody was arrested, because there was no easy way to prove that any specific person in the house had done the deed.


Quick thinking leads shop to two stolen bikes

Posted on October 29th, 2015 at 7:40 am.

Roger Averbeck snapped this photo after recognizing the bike as one stolen from Southwest Bicycle in Multnomah Village last week.
(Photo by Roger Averbeck)

Quick thinking by a southwest Portland resident has resulted in a local shop being able to recover two bikes that were stolen from them last week.


Two new bikes stolen from outside Southwest Bicycle

Posted on October 22nd, 2015 at 8:14 am.

Front of Southwest Bicycle on Multnomah Blvd.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Another day, another story to share about bike theft.

This time it happened in southwest Portland, far away from our usual reports of the daily thievery that plagues the central city. And it happened at a bike shop.

Nate Gibson, an employee of Southwest Bicycle on the corner of Multnomah and Capitol Hwy, says someone took two new bikes they had on display in their parking lot right outside their front door. This isn’t Nate’s first brush with bike theft. You might recall his heroic role in wresting back a high-end racing bike from a thief this past summer.

Nate tells us the theft happened last night as he was closing up the shop. Here’s his version of events:


Guest article: A stolen bike that took nine months to recover

Posted on October 20th, 2015 at 3:39 pm.

Kyle Gunsul’s stolen Kuota.

This article was submitted by Bryan Hance of Bike Index. It originally appeared on his blog at BikeIndex.org.

The theft

Just over nine months ago, someone broke into Kyle Gunsul’s house and stole his bike.

They did a good job, too. Portland locals might remember Kyle’s post to the local racing listserv detailing his burglary:

“… (the burglar) removed the porch light, broke a locked gate, came through a window, busted down two security cameras and busted through another gate. They ONLY took the bike. They were feet away from my living room with computer and stereos but they knew what they were coming for. Was definitely cased.”

In addition to registering with Bike Index, Kyle got the word out. Photos of his stolen Kuota Kharma made the rounds on Nextdoor, Twitter, Facebook, and the usual local bike email lists. After that, though, Kyle’s bike did what most stolen bikes do – it disappeared.

Until July.


Guest article: The unfolding crisis of bike theft

Posted on October 16th, 2015 at 9:56 am.

Me and my tikit in DC
Want to beat bike thieves? What if you could take your bike with you wherever you go?
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

— This article was written by reader Ed Rae, a folding bike evangelist and senior sales rep for Brompton.

The unfolding crisis of bike theft

As the diverse range of Portland cyclists hear of or sadly come to experience directly the trials of bike theft, it’s gratifying to see many suggestions and solutions being offered. What seems clear is there’s no universal solution (that is, unless human nature changes and nobility wins out).


I just stopped a theft in progress

Posted on October 14th, 2015 at 1:37 pm.

The bike, with light tucked under the bars
for safe(r) keeping.

It started with a gut feeling and ended with a guy riding away shaking his head after his failed attempt to steal a light off someone’s bike.

A few minutes ago I was walking on SW Oak Street between 5th and 4th on my way to the post office with two big boxes in my hands (mailing out posters to our 100 first subscribers!) when I saw a guy riding toward me. The first thing that caught my eye was that he was biking on the sidewalk. I also noticed he had an old bag slung over his shoulders. I have spidey senses for everyone on a bike downtown. I notice them all. It’s what I do. This guy in particular set off signals in my head not only because he was riding on the sidewalk but his head was on a swivel as he seemed to be checking out parked bikes.

He could have just been a generally bike-curious dude like I am. Or he could have been a thief. It was just a hunch; but a hunch that comes from years of covering bike theft and seeing how this stuff goes down. As we both came closer to a nice new Kona cyclocross bike I thought to myself: If he stares at it and then stops, gets off his bike and approaches it, I’m going to watch him closely.

And sure enough, that’s what he did.


Theft of several high-end race bikes has Portlanders on edge

Posted on October 12th, 2015 at 3:06 pm.

Starr Walker raced her bike yesterday,
and it was stolen just a few hours ago.
(Photo: PolerCX/Instagram)

Three seemingly unrelated bike thefts in the past four days have Portland’s close-knit racing community feeling frustrated and fed up.

It started Thursday night and we just got word of another bike stolen a few hours ago. In that period five high-end racing bikes have been nabbed by thieves. The incidents don’t appear to be connected, but it’s rare that so many expensive bikes used for racing would be stolen in such a short period of time.

Please be on the lookout for these bikes:

— Shawn Small, founder of Ruckus Composites, got his custom mountain bike stolen last Thursday night. The bike is a one-off that he made and custom-painted himself. He has ridden it on the Oregon Outback and raced it at a 24-hour event. The bike was stolen from Southeast Portland. See details and photos below…


Community helps recover stolen cargo bike used in homeless youth outreach program

Posted on October 1st, 2015 at 11:51 am.

These images of a discarded bike sparked some sleuthing and action that led to a successful recovery.
(Photos by Mary C.)

It started with an email from a concerned Portlander and it ended with a bike being reunited with its owner — who in this case happened to be a non-profit organization that works with young people experiencing homelessness. There were no police involved, only people in our community who care about each other and who have an eye for bikes.