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Last week the Portland police arrested Robert Charles Dady, who they referred to as a "prolific bicycle thief." We now know more details about one piece of the case that helped make that arrest possible.
Kevin Collier was one of Dady's victims. His bike was stolen on the night of July 25th from right out in front of 24HR Fitness in the Pearl District. Collier did not take the theft lying down. He committed himself to catching the person responsible. And one week later, he did. As it turned out, his bike was stolen by a team that included Dady (who Collier refers to as "Santa Claus") and another man.
Here's Collier's story of how he helped lead the Portland police to this notorious bike thief.
"I had my bike stolen from the Pearl 24 HR Fitness on July 25th where it was locked up in the bike parking area close to the front door. I filed an online Portland Police Bureau report, a 24 Hour Fitness incident report, and I started checking Craig's List the next day. I also began analyzing biking patterns of every rider that I saw, taking in information, and eye-balling if my bike was on the streets.