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Police seek help finding bike burglar caught on video in Montavilla neighborhood

Posted by on April 1st, 2016 at 9:43 am

Screenshot from home video shows man kicking down door.
Watch full video below.

On March 11th, Portlander Mitch Lomacz was the victim of a brazen theft. His home security cameras caught a man who walked into the backyard of his Montavilla home, forcibly kicked open the door of his garage and then grabbed a Scott CR1 road bike (retail value about $1,300).

Lomacz, who works at Cyclepath bike shop, now has the attention of Portland Police Bureau detectives who have put out an APB on the suspect. Apparently this isn’t the first time he’s burglarized a home in the neighborhood.

Please keep your eyes out for the bike and the suspect. Lomacz says the suspect is around 5′ 10 ” tall with a medium build and “sporty appearance”, slightly balding and light-colored hair, is a smoker and “definitely knows his way around a bike.” What makes Lomacz think the suspect is a bike guy? “He found a matching pair of pedals on my workbench full of crap/pedals and walked the bike away by the saddle suggesting he rides and handles bikes a lot.”

Watch the suspect at work in the video below:

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Here’s another photo of the suspect and the bike that was taken:

Lomacz said he has learned his lesson and plans to make his backyard more secure. “Time to finally build that fence. And a moat. With alligators,” he shared with us via email.

If you have any information you can leave an anonymous tip here.

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – jonathan@bikeportland.org

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    Parker April 1, 2016 at 10:02 am

    It’s interesting how the inside b&w camera picks up the pattern on his jacket but the outside one doesn’t- is that because of low rez?

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      Mitch April 1, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      That is the result of the garage cam being in “night vision” mode using infrared lighting which reflected differently off his poofy jacket which must have been sewn in a square pattern.

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        Parker April 3, 2016 at 8:17 pm

        Thanks! I’ve been wanting to learn more about cams and finally get a couple.

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    m April 1, 2016 at 10:28 am

    My guess is he knows the owner somehow and/or scouted out the place. He goes straight for the one bike like he knew exactly where it was going to be – doesn’t even look at the other one.

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      Mitch April 1, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      Definiately don’t know the guy and he is probably the one who cased and robbed us before while we were moving in.

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    John Lascurettes April 1, 2016 at 11:05 am

    This really suck for Lomacz and it definitely looks like the guy knew those bikes were there (as in the place was previously cased). I hope they get the guy.

    Total aside, the PPD video graphics for “can you ID me?” written as “can you IDME?” makes it read resembling, “can you drop dime?”

    The old people know what I’m talking about.

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      Mitch April 1, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      I think this guy robbed us a while ago when we first moved in. He definitely knew there were bikes in that garage.

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    Mick O April 1, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Is he a smoker or is that a flashlight?

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      Mitch April 1, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      That’s a cigarette. I went around to all the local markets/gas stations a few times to see if any of the staff recognized the guy – No dice.

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    SE April 1, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Will keep an eye out for it.

    All 5 of my bikes are well locked up at home. Even lock inside the garage.

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    PNP April 1, 2016 at 11:51 am

    This makes me rethink my bike storage. I hope this bike is found soon.

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    Todd Boulanger April 1, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Sorry Mitch at your loss – hope for a speedy recovery of your bike and swift justice.

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    Todd Boulanger April 1, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    For the rest of us, some quick lessons here:
    1) CCTV cameras (good);
    2) Full fence with alligators (in the works) and exotic animal permits;
    3) Reinforce all door jambs / add outside hasp / bar window(s) / check how solid walls are;
    4) Lock up your bikes in the garage at all time and to something solid/ immovable*;
    5) Lock up any tools, flash lights or other items that crooks can use to disable your lock cable or chain, in case they are travelling light;
    6) Leave any bike keys in locked key box out of direct sight;
    7) Live next to nosey work at home/ retired neighbours;
    8) Only have a combo automatic garage door opener (vs. leaving your easy opener on your car visor when cars are parked at home and you are not);
    9) Own only one bike and ride it or keep a folder in a vault (unlikely since I cannot own just one bike or ride them all at once – so disregard); and
    X) Leave an unlocked bait bike inside for any opportunity / low bike knowledge thief [for times when someone leaves their door open]

    *Home Depot now carries commercial grade bike racks (major maker) that are very affordable due to free shipping or ship to store. [Ordering one rack from vendors used to be very spending due to shipping charge for a small number of racks.]

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    Random April 1, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    “For the rest of us, some quick lessons here:”

    …or, alternatively, move to the suburbs, where this sort of thing is generally less of a problem.

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      John April 1, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      You mean the suburbs with 40mph 5-lane arterial roads, curb tight sidewalks (if any), and maybe a 5′ un-buffered bike lane? No thanks. I’ll take a potential bike thief any day over the inconvenience of auto-dependency and dangerous alternatives to driving.

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      Todd Boulanger April 1, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      The yard looked pretty suburban…perhaps you were thinking the ‘country’…as in large 100 acre lots. 😉

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    Mark Smith April 1, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    The main issue is that one can buy a car policy with a 100 dollar deductible. Feel free to call up state farm and ask them for a 100 deductible on your bike.

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