Detectives from the Central Precinct are looking for a brazen bike thief. The man below was caught on security cameras in front of the City of Portland Building wielding a set of bolt cutters in hopes of stealing a bike. When the security guard showed up, he made a hasty retreat.
To help track down this bike thief, the cops have put together a flier that is being circulated to city employees. Here’s the (somewhat humorous) text:
“Here’s a little bit about me: I am the gentleman wearing the Dallas Cowboys cap making a hasty retreat from outside the Portland Building on May 29th. The bike you see on the right was almost mine – I pulled some bolt cutters out of my backpack and nearly had the lock cut off when the security guard at the top of the picture intervened. Luckily for me, the victim was not located and I didn’t cause any damage, so no probable cause exists for my arrest. But Central Precinct Detectives and security for the Portland Building would like to know who I am. Also, should you see me on a bike I’ll probably come up with a fascinating story about how I acquired it. Should you find me, please contact any Central Precinct Detective. I look forward to meeting you.”
Bike thefts are definitely on the rise this summer (my listings are broken at the moment). Be wary out there.