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Portland police recover transpo chief’s stolen bike

Posted by on September 12th, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Beatrice, the battered blue bike stolen from outside the Portland Building last week, is back in the hands of her owner, Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat.

Treat broke the news herself on Twitter, early this afternoon:

It was the third time Treat and her bike have been reunited after a theft. In the first case, it was stolen from her D.C. garage along with other items, then recovered. Later, in Chicago, it had been swiped from her garage where it was U-locked to other bikes. In this case, she’d left it overnight in the covered bike parking near her downtown office.

“I now know that wasn’t such a smart thing to do,” Treat wrote in an email to BikePortland Monday. She later added in a comment: “I have invested in a much better lock but have been advised by police that they’ve got video of thieves cutting just about every lock made. Please keep track of your serial numbers and take pictures of your bike. Update those photos anytime you change a significant feature.”

Update: In another development since our Monday article, Treat’s description of her spouse in her Twitter profile seems to have returned to an earlier word choice, from “artsy, intellectual cyclist” back to “artsy, intellectual, bike fanatic.” We’re happy with whatever they want to call each other, of course.

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GlowBoy
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She is VERY lucky (and being PBOT director may have given her case added visibility). Most of us have never seen our stolen bikes again. Even after filing a police report with the bike’s serial number, and reporting the theft here.

Joseph E
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Hurray, Leah! I hope Beatrice wasn’t beat up too badly.
Could PBOT convince the police to do more for bike theft prevention? I believe many people are discouraged from riding bikes for transportation due to the risk of theft. We can’t prevent all bike theft, but right now many people see it as a low-risk crime with little chance of getting caught.

BURR
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BURR

You’d think that when the police relocate and clean up the homeless camps they’d be paying more attention to all the potentially stolen bikes they find in them. There’s one guy on the Esplanade near the Hawthorne bridge that looks like he’s operating a bike parts shop out of his tent, and he’s been there for weeks.

Scott
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Scott

Houseless is the term preferred by those without a house. Not homeless. Home is where you make it after all.

Biker
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Biker

Yippee. Now someone please give the transportation chief a u-lock and fenders.

Todd Hudson
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Todd Hudson

Leah: Buy a U-Lock.

maxadders
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maxadders

Who needs a U-lock when you’ve got the PPB at your beck and call?

Adam
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Adam

Never use a cable lock. Never. Never. Never.

Todd Boulanger
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Todd Boulanger

Beatrice – the bike with 9 lives!

And I did not know that PBoT sent out crews with police to clean up houseless camps…unless they were on PBoT ROW…or was it part of a new outreach project: Breakfast Under the Bridge?

wsbob
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wsbob

The Oregonian’s story about the recovery has a mug shot of the guy caught riding the bike by, a couple blocks from where it was stolen, while police were helping clean up the sidewalk along Madison. Whether or not he previously had housing accommodations, at least for the short term, he’s now got a place to stay in the county jail, charged with Theft in the Second Degree by receiving.

http://www.oregonlive.com/commuting/index.ssf/2013/09/portland_transportation_direct.html

Maybe he didn’t know the bike was stolen when he received it from whoever.

i ride my bike
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i ride my bike

Surprise, surprise, at a homeless camp. Lose your bike? Go to a homeless camp youll find it there. Despite all the bleeding hearts worshipping the homeless like Amanda, the truth is thats where the crime is.

Tom M
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Tom M

I think Beatrice’s nickname is now boomerang!

9watts
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9watts

whatever happened to the security camera video? That was, we were told, going to (help) solve this case.

Joe Rowe
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Joe Rowe

99% of bike thefts would not exist if owner’s used a top brand u-lock like kyrpotonte. The cops spread fear by saying they can be cut. Yes they can, but you need very powerful and loud tools.

When I lost my kryptonite keys I tried to break my Kryptonite. I destroyed 2 car jacks trying. Not a dent in the lock. Finally I called a guy with a chain saw like tool. It had a big circle rather than a chain. It took him about 30 seconds to cut it, but it was a massive noise.

Bike shops sell cable locks because it helps them stay in profit. No bike shop should sell cable locks, or the cheap U-locks.

posted 9:41am Sept 13 after 9Watts

Racer X
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Racer X

Director Treat must be some kinda super bike wonk…to risk loosing her bike just to collect police bike theft recovery data for all major bike friendly US Cities. Or is this a super secret LAB project leadership bait bike project?

What city will be next? Watch out bike thieves this blue Breezer has bad juju for you.

Joe Rose, The Oregonian wrote,
“Beatrice has now been stolen and recovered in every city – Washington, Chicago and Portland – where she has used it to commute…

“Portland was the fastest recovery,” Dulken said.”

So take that DC and Chicago!, Portland is still Platinum!! and ahead in a new bike metric!!!

pdxpaul
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pdxpaul

/satire (for those who don’t recognize it)
The moral of this story is that we are all exceedingly judgmental. Even when the facts show our viewpoints to be wrong. Again. Thankfully U-locks and homelessness are inconsequential issues.
/end satire
This comment thread is depressing.

Redhippie
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Redhippie

A couple of months ago, I saw a really nice Bike Friday with a group of incredibly dirty, smelly people who appeared to have little regard for the civil rules of society located by the West end of the Steel Bridge. Not trying to use any judgmental language, just the facts folk.

Anyway, as soon as I got to the office, I looked it up on the Bike Portland site and there it was. I run the esplanade three times a week and almost daily see bikes that does seem to fit the individuals riding them. You see the Bike parts dumps by the Hawthorne Bridge and over by the Spring Water and conclude that there is a major theft ring going on.

I find this story very disturbing since the cops don’t really put the energy into addressing these crimes in our community unless private citizens get involved or some one important is involved. It really makes me angry on multiple levels.

Thank for listening to my rant. I’ll be cool now.

ps. Homeless, homeless, homeless…. Sorry couldn’t resist.

Terry D
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Terry D

I think all the negatives statements about the homeless here are the start of class warfare. In this economy, most of those on the street are not becuase of their choices, it is because of circumstances. Our social ‘SAFETY NET” is full of holes in this country. If there would have beem a string of arrests after the financial collapse, like ICELAND did due to their illegal activities your point may be valid.

There were none. Insted our huge police force In the country is used to evict those that have no where to go and have no resources. People who are treated poorly, act poorly. Not an excuse for them, just reality.

Skid
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Skid

About 50% of homeless people have jobs. Many of them couch surf or stay with friends. If by trespass you mean stay in an abandoned building when it rains, should they die of exposure while waiting for a bed at a shelter? Maybe you mean dumpster diving or “stealing” someone else’s trash.

Let’s not paint all homeless with the same brush.

I still agree with Burr. I get suspicious when I see someone with really dirty clothes on a (for instance) Moots titanium that doesn’t fit them with clipless pedals, and they are wearing regular shoes. There are tons of bike thieves downtown, because they are tons of people so affluent and entitled that they don’t think they have to lock their bikes up well, or can slap down plastic for a new one when theirs gets stolen.

9watts
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9watts

Todd Hudson
Why the need for class warfare?
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You’re always the one treating the homeless—who have very few rights they can meaningfully exercise—as guilty until proven innocent, so it is kind of rich for you to be complaining about class warfare when someone else points out that the real crimes are perpetrated by others who don’t look at all like members of the tier you love to kick here publicly.