Downtown shop hit with major burglary

BikePortland.org - Portland OR bike scenes

I just stopped into Veloshop downtown. When I saw the front window broken out and Molly, the shop’s owner, on the phone and in a somber mood, I expected the worst.

Turns out, last night someone broke her window and made out with several thousand dollars of bike parts. For a small shop like Molly’s, this is a big hit.

The strange thing is that the thief stole mostly track equipment. Here is a list of parts that were stolen. If you see any of this stuff and think it might be stolen, please contact Molly at 211 SW 9th Ave in downtown Portland or call (503) 335-8356.

  • Sugino 75 track crankset.
  • Dura Ace track crankset.
  • Phil Wood track hubsets.
  • Suzue track hubsets.
  • Pink Phil Wood hubsets.
  • Pink Chris King headsets.
  • Phil wood sealed bottom brackets.
  • A large number of track cogs, Euro Asia, Phil wood, Soma. A range of sizes in black and silver.
  • White Industries sealed bearing freewheels, a few sizes.
  • MKS track pedals. Different styles. Black and silver.
  • They also got our entire run of Campagnolo 8, 9 and 10 speed cassettes. Record and Chorus levels.
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Patrick
Patrick
16 years ago

I told Molly to have the police notify the metal recycle places. If you notice most that stuff is metal, specifically aluminum is valuable to tweakers often turning it in as scrap for drugs.

revphil
revphil
16 years ago

lordy that sucks. molly was very helpful in getting my stolen bike, “Duff Numba Five” back.

maybe it was the same asshat who stole my lights last night

craig
craig
16 years ago

Are there more bike thefts(and now apparently break ins) than a year to two ago or are we/me just more aware of them now? Just curious….

Anonymous
Anonymous
16 years ago

That was the shop that had its window broken a while ago and some jerk just now figured to take the ply wood down and walk on in. Even in portland bars are needed to protect the places we love.

ian
ian
16 years ago

First off, sincere condolences to Molly and the Veloshop crew. It really sucks to have your space violated like that, regardless of what was stolen. Hopefully insurance will cover the lost items…? With such a loyal following, I have no doubt that Veloshop will bounce back from this in short order.

In thinking about the type of items that were stolen, it reminds me of another recent bikeshop theft: not long ago several hundred dollars worth of Chrome bags were stolen from Citybikes (prompting a redesign of their retail space). Not sure if the offending party in that case was apprehended, but seems similiar as to the “style” of the items stolen.

etta-tron
etta-tron
16 years ago

with such specific items being stolen it almost seems like there’s a nasty little thief out there who knows a thing or two about bikes. i hate to think that they’re out there spinning wheels with the rest of us…

my (mostly robotic) heart goes out to veloshop.

Andrew
Andrew
16 years ago

That’s super lame. We’ll keep an eye out for those parts coming through our shop.

josh m
josh m
16 years ago

this is a hardhit to the portland cycling scene. This is a personal hit. Molly is a pillar in the community, including veloshop, so this is a personal tragity to us all.

u lock justice is required.

Dabby
Dabby
16 years ago

What I have to say about this is unprintable, even here.
Molly has treated me, an oldster bike messenger, better in the last two years than any bike shop ever has in 20 years. Without question, without being condescending to me, even knowing I am not going to be able to buy a nice, sweet bike…..
I am going to start designing a bicycle operated, inquisition style rack- torture device, to be immediately put to use if and when this person is caught.

Efrain
Efrain
13 years ago

For stolen things, could look on craigslist, it seems to be the place for selling these kind of things. I am mad as hell that someone walks into your business or home and takes the things we work so hard for. I hope insurance can cover that for you Molly!