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‘Window pane bandit’ (or a copycat) hits another bike shop

Posted by on February 3rd, 2012 at 7:59 pm

The thief (thieves) made out
with a Surly LHT.

Southeast Portland bike shop Seven Corners Cycles was broken into this morning. The thieves (or thief) made out with one new bike (a large, black Surly Long Haul Trucker), seven Chrome messenger bags, and some lights and locks.

According to shop owner Corey Cartwright, they entered the store by carefully removing a glass panel next to the front door — using the same method as the “window pane bandit” that hit several bikes shops back in November.

In that month alone, six Portland businesses (including three bike shops and one bike rack retailer) were broken into via the same method. Following that crime spree, police offered a reward for tips leading to a suspect, but so far no arrests have been made.

Cartwright says the police that responded to his case determined that this, “fits the pattern of the other thefts”; but they were reluctant to say that it was the same suspect.

Seven Corners is a small neighborhood shop with a stellar reputation. Keep your eyes peeled around town and on Craigslist for a 60 cm Surly Long Haul Trucker with 700c wheels and new Chrome bags showing up on Craigslist.

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Nick V
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Nick V

Corey’s a really good guy. I hope they catch the thief.

canuck
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canuck

The horse has left the barn on this one, but considering the number of thefts of this type, maybe bike shops should start acting like jewelry stores and stop leaving expensive enticing items in the window.

And I’ll go back to that tired old song. Window bars and/or securing the bikes with cables and locks.

Obviously bike shops are being targeted, make your store less enticing to theft, they’ll move on to those car dealerships with the big walls of glass.

sorebore
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sorebore

Shop dogs… big,strong,angry, aggressive,shop dogs.

K'Tesh
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K'Tesh

Hopefully the bikes get recovered soon, and the thief gets what he deserves.

I’d suggest that bike shops such as the ones that have been victimized should consider getting some anti-theft films for glass…

http://www.shattergard.com/home.html
(not an endorsement of any single product, but added for demonstration purposes)

captainkarma
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captainkarma

My t-shirt says “there’s a special place in hell for bike thieves”.

Mike
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Mike

Is there an inexpensive way to put gps tracking devices on bikes?

beth h
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The challenge for retail businesses — especially smaller ones with a tighter facilities budget — is the cost of some alarm systems versus their actual effectiveness. Most thieves who are good enough to quietly remove entire panes of glass (so as not to arouse suspicion by making noise) are usually good enough to disarm alarm systems. Some alarm companies don’t respond quickly enough to alarms; and some alarm systems are so sensitive that gust of wind through an older, drafty building is all it takes to set them off (resulting in false alarm charges for the retailer).

As for bars over the windows, many shop owners don’t want to resort to that because “it’s not Portland” — i.e., it’s something you’d see more typically in big eastern cities. I think that’s part of the lie too many of us tell ourselves about Portland still being a sweet, innocent small town. It isn’t anymore, and hasn’t been for a long time.

bhance
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bhance

Grrrrr…. angrily awaiting video footage of these thieving asshats so we can get the pitchforks out.

middle of the road guy
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middle of the road guy

At least it was a cheap bike.

Patman
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What installing a Motion Activated Alarm System?

Scott
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Scott

The thief and how he removed the pane was filmed completely when he stole a bike from West End.

It obviously did nothing to help the inept police.

Cameras are to stop theft by employees, not thiefs operating from outside.

Think about it. APB on man wearing a hoodie? Give me a break.

Joe
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Joe

Friday at noon LHT just like this one near Oak and 4th, noticed it matched pic, since the stem has a huge rise. * around lunch so I missed the post timing *
but one never knows if its just legit owner. but I always keep my eyes open.

Lara K.
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Lara K.

Such a shame. Corey and the gang are such a rad group of guys and it’s extremely unfortunate that this happened to such a genuine crew.

And yes, Daisy is a dog with a halo.