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Thieves snatch four bikes from Metropolis Cycle Repair on N Williams

Posted by on September 14th, 2017 at 2:03 pm

Metropolis on N Williams and Page.

Metropolis Cycle Repair owner Nathan Roll says thieves broke into his shop last night and took three mountain bikes — two of which belonged to customers. UPDATE: Roll says he just realized thieves took an additional bike — his own. See description and photo below.

Here’s more from Roll about how it happened along with a description of the bikes.

The thieves broke a pane in a window in the back of the shop and were able to unlatch the window. This situation will be remedied shortly. Interestingly, they were only interested in mountain bikes. They passed over numerous other bikes to select these 3. They also took a small amount of merchandise, including an Ortlieb backpack and a couple of sets of lights.

Here are pics of the 3 bikes.

1) Kona Honzo 29’er size Large, the only new bike stolen. Completely stock. Had no pedals installed.

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2) Lapierre Zesty full suspension about 3 years old. L/XL Very distinctive. Built from a frameset, so fully custom. There are probably only a handful of these in the entire country.

3) On-One Codeine full suspension. Large. Customer just bought it used and hasn’t gotten a picture to me, so here is a stock pic of a similar bike. It had red Race Face cranks and Shimano XTR brakes.

4) Custom Ahearne Cycles 29er.

Please be on the lookout for these bikes. If you see someone in possession of them call 911 or the PPB non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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  • bikeninja September 14, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    $#&@? to bike thieves.

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  • jeff September 14, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    ha, the non-emergency line. right. just make your way through 9 different prompts and then leave a voice message.

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    • Mike Quigley September 14, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      Right. That non-emergency line? You might get a callback in 48 hours if you’re lucky.

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  • Todd Boulanger September 14, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Sad, never thought that photo of my bicycle and serial number locked away in my freezer would be a good thing to have before taking a bike in for a repair. Add a new scenario to the list…getting longer by the year…

    Sorry to hear about the break in and loss.

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  • Stephen Keller September 15, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Ouch! Losing a bike is bad enough, but a custom Ahearne has got to hurt. I routinely try to chat up everyone I meet with a custom bike about their experiences with the builder and such (most are willing to talk). Folks speak highly of Joseph.

    By the way, is there any possibility of a getting a better, higher-resolution photo of Ahearn 29r? It’s pretty hard to make out any details in a 225×225 bit photo. A better photo would help with recognition if we run across it.

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  • malegaze September 16, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Four bicycle shops in North Portland have been robbed with the same M.O. Kenton bikes had a witness and a photo of the potential suspect. An address and confirmation of said vehicle was established by myself and one other shop owner. When in formed of this the police did nothing.

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    • Mike Quigley September 16, 2017 at 4:31 pm

      Is the guy white? Maybe that’s why the cops did nothing. Time for a bit of street justice?

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      • malegaze September 16, 2017 at 6:40 pm

        I have no idea. I believe the witness saw the perps when she identified the truck. She photographed the truck. The truck was found by people discussing the issue and describing it to one another. The truck was seen over a dozen times within in days at the same home two blocks off Fessenden. You’ll have to ask PPB if the person who may or may not be white is receiving preferential treatment in regards to being a suspect based on their race.
        As to your question of street justice, I am not in any manner promoting vengeance or harm for a robbery. If this comment is some attempt to slight me for a previous comment I made elsewhere on the topic of race, you have twisted it to your own liking, missing the point, and in the process making yourself look very foolish.

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  • Ash Mitchell September 24, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    I’m sad to hear this. It’s almost like they thought – ‘Let’s go mountain biking, wait we don’t have any, no problem! We’ll steal some!’ (Cue angry face) We’ll keep an eye out for sure.

    We now have cameras and protective window film in addition to the alarm at Kenton Cycle. And attack bees. Okay, NOT attack bees.

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  • Bryan Hance (The Bike Index)
    Bryan Hance (The Bike Index) October 27, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Just an update, Portland Police found several of these bikes in one of Portland’s homeless encampments/chop shops – see https://twitter.com/PPBBikeTheft/status/923919693840236544

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