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Prototype custom carbon fiber bicycle stolen from builder's garage

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
This bike — a prototype owned by Argonaut Cycles' Ben Farver — has been stolen.

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Let's help Richard get his bike back

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Stolen!

Portlander Richard Lorenz got his high-end Moots titanium mountain bike stolen yesterday afternoon. Then last night he got tips and photos from from two people who saw his bike on the Eastbank Esplanade. Now he's determined to get his bike back safe and sound and he's hoping more eyes on the street can help him out.

The bike was taken from inside his car as it was parked in the parking garage on SW 6th and Salmon in downtown Portland. Richard had just sold the bike on eBay and was going to ship it out on Monday. He never got time to box it up and when he went out to his car after work he found his window smashed and the bike gone. He figured it was gone for good, but he still filed a stolen bike listing, made a police report, posted to Craigslist and generally spread the word however he could. (more...)

The Friday Profile: Jeffrey Cramer, Portland's stolen-bike good Samaritan

Friday, February 28th, 2014
Jeffrey Cramer, who says he can support himself indefinitely as long as he spends just $500 a month, talked to us about bikes, bike theft and living outdoors in Portland.
(Photos by M.Andersen/BikePortland)

When Jeffrey Cramer bought what he now calls "Sarah's bike" for $10 last Friday night, he wasn't planning to track down its owner, he said. He just needed a way to get home, because someone had stolen his own bike a week before.

"At that time of night, $10 for a bike ride home was a good deal — you can't get a cab back to where I live for $10," he said. "It wasn't 'til I got home that I realized I was riding a gem."

Cramer, 48, doesn't want to say exactly where he lives, except that it's "way the fucking hell out there." But five days after he turned down most of a $100 reward for tracking down the owner of the bike he'd bought from the man who stole it, this self-described "vagabond" was willing to have a candid conversation about his decision to live outdoors, the importance of bikes in his life and his own thoughts about Portland's underground economy of stolen bicycles.

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This bike theft story will make you feel fantastic about being a Portlander

Monday, February 24th, 2014
Sarah Mirk with the bicycle that was stolen from her Friday night.
(Photos by M.Andersen/BikePortland)

The man was calling, he told Sarah Mirk, from the free phone at Good Samaritan Medical Center.

"I Have your bike," he'd written in an email to her a few minutes before. "Please e-mail a phone #. as I am not well connected."

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Portland Parks Rangers help man recover stolen bike

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
(L-R) Park Ranger Ray Turner, Seth Burke, and
Park Ranger Karras Kalivas, post-recovery.
(Photos courtesy PP&R)

Portland Parks & Recreation have some good news to share: They've helped a Portland man recover his stolen Surly Puglsey fat bike.

Here's how it went down...

Seth Burke got his Pugsley stolen on from in front of a business in downtown Portland on Monday, February 10th. According to PP&R, who emailed us details about the theft and recovery, Burke worked hard to spread the word about his bike. We tell people all the time that the best way to get your bike back is to pound the pavement and tell anyone who will listen about your bike. Even so, after filing a police report and several days of looking and showing folks photos of his bike, Burke had lost hope.
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Portland Police now put stolen, unclaimed bikes up for auction at GovDeals.com

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
Do I hear $15?

Are you looking for a good deal on a used bike? Did you you get your bike stolen but gave up on finding it or had no way to prove it was yours? You might want to check the listings at GovDeals.com. That's the online marketplace that has just inked a deal with the Portland Police Bureau to sell unclaimed property.

There are currently 59 items listed for sale and 11 of them are bicycles. Auctions last about a month and bids start at just $10.00.

Among such items as jewelry, art, computers, and tools, there are some pretty high-end bikes available. These bikes were recovered by the PPB but if their rightful owners could not be tracked down, they are now offered up to highest bidder.

Here are a few more of the bikes currently listed... (more...)

Thieves break into Planet X showroom in northeast Portland

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
Visit to Planet-X HQ-8
Planet X USA showroom on NE Hancock.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Thieves hit the showroom and offices of Planet X USA on northeast Hancock Street. According to employee Vincent Rodarte, the break-in occurred sometime between 6:30 pm on Friday (1/10) and 3:00 pm on Saturday. The stolen items include frames and complete bikes valued at over $11,000, about $70 in cash, a handful of headsets and other accessories, and a Fuji digital camera.

Rodarte says the thieves ransacked all the cabinets and somehow got away without tripping the alarm.

Below are photos and specs on the stolen bikes:
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Police ask for help finding stolen 'Stealth Bomber' e-bike worth $10,000 - UPDATED

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
The Portland Police are asking for the public's help to find this stolen bike.
(Photo: PPB)

Portland Police are on the lookout for a stolen e-bike they say is valued at nearly $10,000. (more...)

Tonight: Register your bike in the 'Bike Index' at The Lumberyard

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

After raising over $50,000 in a successful Kickstarter campaign last month, the folks behind the Bike Index are wrapping up a five-city West Coast tour tonight in Portland. To celebrate the launch of their new national bike registry, they're hosting a party tonight at The Lumberyard Indoor Bike Park (2700 NE 82nd Ave).

If you haven't heard about the Bike Index, it's humbly described as "an open source bike registry to fight bike theft and save the world." The site is based in Chicago and its goal is to get more people to register their bikes before they're stolen. Since the existing National Bike Registry charges a fee and uses outdated technology, few people actually use it. To encourage more widespread registration, the Bike Index crew has made their tool open-source, free to use and mobile-friendly. They also partner up with bike shops and other bike organizations to get bikes registered at the point of sale.

Here's their promo vid: (more...)

Emily 'six kids and no car' Finch's cargo bike stolen

Monday, November 4th, 2013

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