Reader Evan B. shares what he knows about an alleged chop shop in Hillsboro — showing that bike theft isn’t just an issue here in Portland, but across the region…
(Evan’s message below also appeared on Reddit)
Just wanted to give you a heads up that there is most definitely a bicycle “chop shop” in Hillsboro. It is somewhere in the neighborhood of the area bounded by Baseline, Cornelius Pass, Lois, and Century roads.
My girlfriend and I had our u-locked bicycles stolen from our doorstep overnight on Sep 30th – Oct 1st. While out walking yesterday we caught the thief on her bike at the intersection of Cornelius Pass and Lois. I managed to grab the bike from him and pursue him for a few miles while on the phone with the police, but he ultimately got away.
Looking at the bike afterwards, we found parts from my missing bike had been installed on her bike, as well as the parts of many other, presumably stolen, bikes. This is a very common technique used by bicycle thieves to disguise stolen bikes and components.
While filling out the police report in the Albertsons parking lot, a bum approached us and corroborated much of what had happened, adding that he saw the general direction the thief headed. The police dispatched units to that area but have thus far come up with nothing.[Read more…]