The suspect in a fatal hit-and-run crash that took the life of 85 year-old Ortrud Vatheuer on March 19th is now behind bars. But strangely, it wasn’t the hit-and-run that led police to him.
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.
Lots of news to get to so let’s jump right in shall we?
There’s been a lot of shuffling of bike shops in Portland in the past few years. There are several reasons we see bike shops move or go out of business. There’s always a pendulum swing and shake-out in a city whose enthusiasm for cycling sometimes outpaces its actual support of it. Rent increases are another major culprit. Bike shops aren’t exactly cash cows and most owners operate on very thin margins. Finding the right space with the right size at the right price is not easy — especially in a city where landlords and developers would rather own multi-story residential buildings.
With that, here are the updates we’ve got for you (scroll down to get all the details):
- Upcycles moves out of Woodlawn
- Kenton Cycle Repair moves into much larger space
- Metropolis Cycles changes plans
- Announcing the Breadwinner Cafe!
- East Portland shops step up to help
According to shop owner Nathan Roll, thieves took four bikes and “a few thousand dollars in tools and merchandise.” The Police have been at the store all morning to assess the damage and document the crime.
Roll has emailed all the other shops in town to keep an eye out for the merchandise and he’s hoping the larger community will help out too. He emailed us a list of the products that were stolen:
If you commute by bike from North/Northeast Portland across the Steel Bridge (or if you don’t mind going out of your way for a bit of fun), you’ll be happy to know that tomorrow, there are several places you can stop and partake in the proud Portland tradition of free donuts.
Just got this notice from the guys at Metropolis Cycles and Pedal Bike Tours (we did a little profile of them when they opened last month):
On Friday, December 12, come help us celebrate the opening of our shop at 2249 N Williams with prizes, food, drinks and lots of bike talk.
Grab a donut on your ride to work at our mobile donut dispenser (a cardboard table loaded with pink boxes) at N Flint and N Page from 7:30-9:00 AM.