where stolen bikes are frequently locked up.
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)
Fencing operations for stolen bicycles are currently operating out of two downtown Portland buildings, Lake Oswego police say.
Det. Lee Ferguson said in an interview last week that Lake Oswego police officers tracked a handful of bikes stolen from that city to apartment buildings at SW 10th and Salmon and SW 12th and Washington. He said someone operating out of those buildings consistently purchases bicycles from people who steal them, then locks them at bike racks outside.
A third party then stops by to inspect the bikes, Ferguson said, makes arrangements to purchase them, gets a key from the fence and takes them away.