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Community hunts for tall bike stolen from story-telling clown

Posted by on October 28th, 2013 at 11:42 am

This man tried to sell this stolen tall bike to Aaron Brown for $20 last Thursday.

Stealing a bike is bad enough; but stealing an artistic tall bike from a well-known local street performer and personality is a whole nother story.

Last Thursday (October 24th), Portlander Aaron Brown tweeted his interaction with the suspected thief: “sketch dude just tried to sell me this freak bike for $20. When I asked him about it, he freaked + jumped on the bus.” Brown snapped a photo of the guy just before he climbed onto the #4 bus headed east on SE Division at 35th. That tweet and the bike in the photo caught the eye of Matthew Rogers, who recognized the bike from a photo I took that was featured here on the front page earlier this month.

In that photo, the same bike that appears in the photo with the alleged thief is being ridden by well-known local entertainer Dingo Dizmal (a.k.a. Dingo the Clown)…

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As it turns out, the bike belongs to Dingo’s friend and partner Olive Rootbeer (both of whom appear in the latest Streetfilm video about Portland’s 100th bike corral). Dingo and Olive make their living by telling stories to children’s groups and going balloons at events like Sunday Parkways (here they are in action in 2011).

Here’s a more recent photo of Olive riding the bike (posted to FB by Dingo):

Dingo posted Brown’s photo on Facebook Friday and his considerably-sized social network is hard at work trying to track the bike (and its thief) down. One of Dingo’s friends says he’s even friended Pee Wee Herman in hopes of gaining his stolen bike tracking expertise.

With all seriousness, if you see this bike, buy it for $20 and then please contact us and we’ll connect you to Dingo and Olive.

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Justin
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Justin

Sometimes I forget I’m in Portland for a minute, and then I get a nice reminder like this.

BIKELEPTIC
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If you have ever met Olive at a bike event (she makes the most elaborate balloon creations) and her energy lights up the festival, this breaks your heart. When I heard about this last week, it crushed me and I wanted to round up a posse. I always get delusions of grandeur when I hear of my friends’ bikes getting stolen and have to reel myself in realizing that for one, I would never be able to realistically recognize their bike without a doubt 100% on the road and say “That’s not yours.” But this bike. I know this bike. Every grocery trip I have been on, I’ve had one hand on the seat belt, ready to yell at my boyfriend to holler to pull over and begin iphone filming because I’m about to commit some vigilante justice. (I am not recommending this, nor condoning leaping from a moving vehicle. Delusions of grandeur, people!) I’m just incredibly saddened by a loss to one of our bright, tall fleet of steeds, and am eager to get it back and strap some flares on in celebration.

Todd Boulanger
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Todd Boulanger

Too bad there is not some informal funding pot for reimbursing purchases of likely “stolen” bikes. Just thinking out loud.

[I know it may help fuel the cycle of some thefts…like buying back your bike from Amsterdam’s heroin market back in the day…but sometimes this is the last tool in the tool box before the bike gets chopped or dumped in the river.]

mran1984
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mran1984

Picture the look on the thief when hundreds of pissed off clowns converge on him.

Scott
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Scott

Always buy $20 bikes from sketchy street sales and then find the owner. I never understand why I hear so many, “Oh yeah! This dude totally tried to sell me your bike for $20 just down the street.” stories. If you don’t get your $20 back in cash, certainly the happy owner will find a way to do something nice for the return of their property.

It’s $20. C’mon.

Todd Hudson
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Todd Hudson

Who the hell steals a tallbike? I sure can’t imagine a tweaker has the ability to ride one…

Matthew Rogers
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Just some more info: Olive’s temporary case number is: 13-90549. The case officer is Bruder (spelling?).

I saw the thief (on a blue BMX bike, if that helps) at the 7-Eleven on Powell/82nd after a commenter on the Facebook thread mentioned that location. I called the cops, but he left before they could detain him. Office Leonard responded and recognized the thief from Aaron’s photo and says that he hangs around there a lot, he also said “Oh yeah, I’d love to have a reason to throw this guy in jail”.

CaptainKarma
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CaptainKarma

Yay, PeeWee for telling the story far too many of us have been in ourselves; missing our “best bike in the whole world!”.

Kirsty
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Kirsty

I saw this man on sunday morning about quarte to eight in the morning. He was getting off a blue line max train at Hollywood t c and pushing a small bmx or kids’ bike. Recognized him from the photo, as he was wearing the same distinctive hoodie. Unfortunately I saw him as I was on the train shen it was pulling away. But people in that area keep a lookout too.

dan
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dan

TIL: a tall bike fits on a Tri-Met bus rack. Who knew? On the other end of the size spectrum, they do not fit a Dirt Surfer very securely.

Brian
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Brian

This guys image is burned into my brain. Olive Rootbeer and Dingo have entertained my son on many occasions. They are awesome. I live near the Hollywood Max stop and will be riding around more frequently in the area in hopes of finding him.

jeff
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jeff

I hope Fred Armisen reads this site..

Gabriel Nagmay
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I’ve met Olive and Dingo a few times and think the most of them. I also ride a tall bike and would be devastated if someone stole it …

That said, I don’t understand how we can encourage people to knowingly buy stolen goods. Wouldn’t that just encourage the thief to take more bikes?

Maybe, I’m just being dense. I really do hope they get it back.

lyle w.
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lyle w.

I totally recognize this guy. I’ve had a few really bad experiences with him, have been harassed/threatened (because I didn’t have a cigarette both times).
He strikes me as being incredibly mentally ill, so I’ll refrain from coming to the conclusion I usually come to about the human value of most bike thieves.

But, that said, do not approach this guy if you see him… he is belligerent and crazy as you can get, and built like a middle linebacker. Call 911 instead.

Charity
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Charity

This guy Hangs out on 82nd and Powell a lot. Right next to the 7-11. He always rides the bus, the 72, 4, 9. He Is total scum. I have also seen him around a hotel on about 116 th and Sandy. I drive for trimet, if I see him I will call the cops.

Joe
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Joe

we need ICP to help find this d-head 🙂 Portland is small it will be found
if we help eachother look for it.

Karl
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Karl

I think I saw this guy Sunday at SE 16th & Belmont riding a bmx bike and pushing another. They were headed south along 16th. He and his friend looked sketchy, but at the time I had no reason to stop them.

Colton
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Colton

I say take the bike for a test-ride to see if it’s worth $20
🙂

capthaddock
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capthaddock

I just noticed this ad on CL. there is no image, but could it be the one?