KOIN TV covers new police/tech bike theft partnership

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As we mentioned in a story last week, we’re working with the Portland Police Bureau and the guy behind StolenBicycleRegistry.com (Bryan Hance, who happens to live in Portland) to catch more bike thieves.

If all goes according to plan (which it should), local police officers will have live, up-to-the-minute access to all stolen bikes listed both here on BikePortland and on StolenBicycleRegistry.com right in the front seat of their patrol cars.

Watch the video coverage that ran tonight on KOIN-TV (Portland CBS affiliate):

Is this thing hot? What to do if you think you’ve found a stolen bike

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Robert Pickett.
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So you’ve seen a nervous-looking young guy riding a too-small high-end racing bike down the street with shoes that definitely don’t match the clips. Or maybe you found a bike stashed behind your garage. Or your friend saw your long-lost steed locked to a pole downtown. What’s the right thing to do? Should you call the police? Can you keep a bike you find? If someone finds your bike, how do you prove it’s yours?

We get emails from readers with these questions at least once a week. We haven’t had good answers (besides directing folks to our stolen bike listings), so we asked Portland Police Officer (and occasional BikePortland contributor) Robert Pickett for his advice on what to do if you’ve found a bike that you think might be stolen.

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Suspect arrested in Pearl bike thefts

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Jason Charles Bush
(Photo: Portland Police)

We recently reported on a high-end bike theft from a Pearl District condo.

This theft occurred during a period in which there seem to have been an unusual number of break-ins to bike storage areas in the Pearl.

Police now have a suspect in the thefts. According to KGW, 28 year old Jason Charles Bush has been arrested on burglary charges. Bush is a suspect in three of the eleven reported thefts as well as another break-in.

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Gutsy confrontation leads to another stolen bike recovery

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Today I’ve got yet another great stolen bike recovery story to share. This one exemplifies the reason I began these listings in the first place; we can’t rely on the Police to get our bikes back. Nothing against them, but they cannot match the power of a savvy and connected bike community working together to reclaim bikes and bring thieves to justice.

And of course it doesn’t hurt to have a gutsy ZooBomber on your side…

Here’s an edited account from local cyclist and ZooBomber Corey (here’s the full version):

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Bike thief wants job, gets arrested instead

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I can’t get enough of stolen bike recovery stories. This one, involving a bike recently listed here, is one of the best I’ve ever heard.

On Monday a reader named “jeffcycles” got his beloved Eddy Merckx stolen from the PSU campus. He quickly spread the word and told everyone he knew to keep an eye out for it.

A few days later the thief walked into a local restaurant with the bike in tow, wanting to apply for a job. The hostess at the restaurant was a cyclist and could tell that something was fishy with the bike. She could tell it didn’t quite fit with the guy so she asked him a few questions about it. Not satisfied with his responses she got on the phone and called her friend, who happens to be a bike shop mechanic and member of the PSU Cycling Club.

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