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Bike shop on Williams Ave is latest burglary victim

Posted by on July 26th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

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Metropolis lost several
thousand dollars in the theft.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Metropolis Cycle Repair (2249 N Williams Ave) was broken into last night, becoming just the latest in a long and steady stream of bike shop burglaries.

According to shop owner Nathan Roll, thieves took four bikes and “a few thousand dollars in tools and merchandise.” The Police have been at the store all morning to assess the damage and document the crime.

Roll has emailed all the other shops in town to keep an eye out for the merchandise and he’s hoping the larger community will help out too. He emailed us a list of the products that were stolen:

“Ortlieb backpacks in various colors, Portland Design Works and Lezyne lights and pumps, Continental folding tires, a Kryptonite EVo Mini, some Castelli full finger gloves, and some tools. Tools include a full set of cone wrenches (weird, I know!) a park pedal wrench, and a Park SBS-1 bit set.”

And here are the bikes that were taken:

Felt Brougham Grey/White 56cm no serial #

Raleigh Furley Orange 57cm ser # U131U20152

Raleigh Tripper Raw Steel 57cm ser #U124U34929

All City Dropout Grey Medium Custom build with white tires and black components

If you see any of this stuff pop up on Craigslist or anywhere else, call the PPB non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333.

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  • David July 26, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Damn it. That sucks. I really like that shop too–really nice people.

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  • DK July 26, 2013 at 2:50 pm


    Based on the bikes stolen, I’d say the suspect is about 5’9″ – 6’2″, or so…

    Thieves are so weak…how hard is it to gain a skillset and actually contribute to society rather than leach off of the hard work of others? If you like picking locks, be a locksmith for goodness sakes!

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    • sabes July 26, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      5’9 to 6’2 is probably half the male population of Portland. And, unfortunately, those bikes have been stripped bare and parted out by now.

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  • Reza July 26, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    I wish Metropolis good luck in retrieving the stolen items. Those guys are great. Not my local shop but every time I’ve gone there I’ve only received super friendly service.

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  • Allan July 26, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Thinking good thoughts for metropolis and the folks there.

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  • dwainedibbly July 26, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Was this another “plate glass removal” burglary?

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  • Spiffy July 26, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    sounds like 4 people, or a couple people with a truck…

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  • John Lascurettes July 26, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Nathan is a super great guy and this is simply not cool at all. I wish you recovery, Nathan!

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  • sabes July 26, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Why don’t bike shops have rolling shutters? http://www.alpinedoors.com/products/counter-shutters/

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    • Scott July 29, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Products like that are not only expensive, but also they are usually subject to the lease. Landlords may not want tenants firing half inch bolts into their “vintage” real estate.

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  • Brad @ Metropolis July 27, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Sabes, we do have rolling shutters 🙂

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  • Alexis July 29, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    So sorry to hear this. Metropolis has done well by me many times.

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  • Justin July 31, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    This pisses me off. That’s my shop, and only shop. I **** hate thieves and karma is coming their way.

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