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Downtown bike shops on hunt for dozens of bikes stolen during protests

Posted by on June 4th, 2020 at 11:15 am

Window of Pedal Bike Tours on SW 2nd Avenue.
(Photo: Pedal Bike Tours/Instagram)

While Portland’s protests in the name of the murder of George Floyd and ongoing police brutality in America have gotten more peaceful in recent nights, several downtown bike shop owners are still recovering from thefts that happened last week.

We’re aware of over 30 bikes that have been stolen so far. Most of them were taken on Friday, May 29th when some people who were downtown during the protest smashed windows and took products from a number of stores. The hardest hit shops have been Bike Gallery on Southwest 10th and Salmon and Pedal Bike Tours on Southwest 2nd near Ankeny.

Bike Gallery lost 13 bikes including mid-to-high end models from Orbea and Trek. Pedal Bike Tours lost 20 bikes. Most of them were Breezer city bikes. Thanks to help from Bike Index, we’ve posted a complete list of the bikes stolen from both shops along with their serial numbers on this thread in our Forums.

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Cycle Portland owner Evan Ross said his shop on Northwest Third and Couch was spared, but he’s not taking any chances. “My shop barely escaped,” he told us via email. “And I’ve spent time sleeping down there to defend it.”

On that note, PPB Officer Dave Sanders of the Bike Theft Task Force is urging everyone to be extra vigilant. “Theft is rampant right now and our thieves are motivated like never before,” Sanders warns. “If you have a bike stored anywhere during this time, please ensure that it is secured properly by the most expensive U-lock you can afford. Especially true for secure bike storage areas!”

For shop owners specifically, Ofcr. Sanders says all bikes on the showroom floor should be secured to each other with u-locks. He also recommends boarding up windows and hiring nighttime security if possible.

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

San Francisco is reporting organized burglaries of multiple cannabis dispensaries and associated businesses while the police are otherwise engaged with protests.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/organized-thieves-use-protests-as-cover-to-raid-weed-dispensaries?ref=home

Toby Keith
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Toby Keith

In the end it’s just bikes. Property that an be replaced. Store owners need to realize there is a price to be paid for injustice. Apparently other cities are establishing funds to rebuild. We could do the same here in Portland.

Chris
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Chris

So, in the meantime, those doing the stealing decide who pays the price for injustice?

Toby Keith
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Toby Keith

I’m only reiterating the sentiment of some posters on this forum.

Hello, Kitty
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Hello, Kitty

Apparently, yes. Those who steal, smash, and burn are not only deciding who pays the price, but what the price is, and there is no avenue for appeal.

Even the most righteous of mobs rarely mete out justice.

[obligatory note that most protesters were peaceful and well behaved]

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X

What’s the price for a life? Apparently, $20.00.

GlowBoy
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GlowBoy

Based on his posting history, I think TK is being facetious.

X
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X

My response was to Chris. But, HK seems to be chiming in with approval? Yep, sometimes it is hard to tell.

Craig Giffen
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..when some protestors broke smashed windows and took products from a number of stores.

It seems it should read “…when some thieves broke..”

Just because there were protesters in the area doesn’t mean it was them. This is like saying “when some nearby pedestrians broke smashed windows and took products..”

Hello, Kitty
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Hello, Kitty

I’m not necessarily disagreeing with you, but how would you distinguish between someone who was protesting and took advantage of the situation to score a new bike and someone who was not protesting and took advantage of the situation to score a new bike? It seems like you have to divine the heart of the thief to know the difference.

jered l bogli
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jered l bogli

Bike thieves do not have hearts.

X
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X

Doing something violent to get a thing that you want is actually well within the discription of being human: Killing an animal to cut off and eat parts of it. Blowing the top off a mountain to get the coal beneath it. Destroying a population of other people because you want the things they have or the land they live on. Why single out bike theives? Should they be shot? Incarcerated? How long, per theft? Do you know what it costs to keep a person in prison for a year? It costs in money, that we can figure out, but the human costs we’ll maybe never understand.

DangerousStreetsFingRULE
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DangerousStreetsFingRULE

This post is to remind you that Bike Gallery is 90% owned by Trek

Hello, Kitty
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Hello, Kitty

Why is that relevant?

David Hampsten
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David Hampsten

It should help Bike Gallery recover more quickly from the losses and damage, and make it much less likely the store (or its location) will close. And it’s more likely that Trek’s insurance will pay for the losses. It’s the small individually-owned stores that get hit especially hard from such disasters, as insurance is minimal and the owners typically have their life-savings invested into their shops.

Middle of the Road Guy
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Middle of the Road Guy

So we should only steal from well insured companies?

David Hampsten
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David Hampsten

Or else loot during business hours only or by appointment, observing social distance guidelines of course. Wearing a mask goes without saying.

Middle of the Road Guy
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Middle of the Road Guy

I’m going to make an appointment at Cyclepath today!

Venus Flytrap
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Venus Flytrap

Completely untrue and irrelevant to this discussion.

Granpa
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Granpa

So theft and vandalism is OK when you are sticking it to the man?

Dan
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Dan

And does Trek even qualify as “the man”?

Chris I
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Chris I

They are a central player in the “All Powerful Bike Lobby”. Everyone knows that.

Hello, Kitty
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Hello, Kitty

I’ll bet GM was behind the theft. First they came for the streetcars, then they came for our Treks.

DangerousStreetsFingRULE
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DangerousStreetsFingRULE

They call this the borderline personality disorder logical trap

Hotrodder
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Hotrodder

I’d love to be able to afford a Trek Madone to bookend my Spesh Tarmac. (But I sure wouldn’t smash a window during a protest to get my hands on one….)

warner
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warner

i sleep with my bikes next to my bed. only way I can get rest every night.

David Hampsten
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David Hampsten

I keep mine in my living room, that way they have an opportunity to relax and commiserate with each other.

Hello, Kitty
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Hello, Kitty

My bikes spend most of their time at the bar; I’m lucky if I see them in the mornings.

Middle of the Road Guy
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Middle of the Road Guy

Mine are in the basement, trolling conservative news sites and eating TV dinners.

Chris Yeargers
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Chris Yeargers

It’s disheartening to see two separate people in this thread justifying damage and theft to businesses. One person says that it’s the “price to be paid for injustice”. The other thinks that sticking it to the man (Trek) makes it okay.

Where do you think the money for this comes from? You, that’s who. It will all roll downhill eventually. It may also add up to lost jobs if a business decides that the losses can’t be sustained. Every single business that got broken into now has to recoup those losses somehow.

The people that stole these bikes had no interest in “justice” or corporate reform. They
just wanted to steal something and profit from it or get away with it. They took advantage of a chaotic situation.

Toby Keith
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Toby Keith

Hey Chris, again I stated I was reiterating the sentiment of other posters here. It’s not my sentiment at all. Somebody here accused me of possessing an RPG (preposterous), but if I did, you know what? I’d help defend the bike shop with it. I don’t like injustice, but I sure as hell don’t like seeing the city I call home burned to the ground either.

Middle of the Road Guy
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Middle of the Road Guy

it’s a bikeportland conumdrum. Stealing bikes to stick it to the man.

Mike Quigley
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Mike Quigley

Wouldn’t be a bit surprised when it turns out that cops are grabbing their share of those bikes.

mark smith
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mark smith

Ending racism one bike at a time..right?

Dave
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Dave

This stealing/looting thing will all end when we defund and dismantle the police.