Stolen Bike Recoveries

Getting a bike stolen is heartbreaking. That’s why we love sharing recovery stories. If you’ve been a bike theft victim and you’re feeling helpless, read a few of the stories below and we guarantee you’ll feel better.

Quick thinking leads shop to two stolen bikes

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 29th, 2015 at 7:40 am


Roger Averbeck snapped this photo after recognizing the bike as one stolen from Southwest Bicycle in Multnomah Village last week.
(Photo by Roger Averbeck)

Quick thinking by a southwest Portland resident has resulted in a local shop being able to recover two bikes that were stolen from them last week.
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Guest article: A stolen bike that took nine months to recover

Bryan Hance (The Bike Index) by on October 20th, 2015 at 3:39 pm


Kyle Gunsul’s stolen Kuota.

This article was submitted by Bryan Hance of Bike Index. It originally appeared on his blog at

The theft

Just over nine months ago, someone broke into Kyle Gunsul’s house and stole his bike.

They did a good job, too. Portland locals might remember Kyle’s post to the local racing listserv detailing his burglary:

“… (the burglar) removed the porch light, broke a locked gate, came through a window, busted down two security cameras and busted through another gate. They ONLY took the bike. They were feet away from my living room with computer and stereos but they knew what they were coming for. Was definitely cased.”

In addition to registering with Bike Index, Kyle got the word out. Photos of his stolen Kuota Kharma made the rounds on Nextdoor, Twitter, Facebook, and the usual local bike email lists. After that, though, Kyle’s bike did what most stolen bikes do – it disappeared.

Until July.
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Community helps recover stolen cargo bike used in homeless youth outreach program

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 1st, 2015 at 11:51 am


These images of a discarded bike sparked some sleuthing and action that led to a successful recovery.
(Photos by Mary C.)

It started with an email from a concerned Portlander and it ended with a bike being reunited with its owner — who in this case happened to be a non-profit organization that works with young people experiencing homelessness. There were no police involved, only people in our community who care about each other and who have an eye for bikes.
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Heroic bike shop employee wrestles back stolen track bike

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 27th, 2015 at 4:39 pm


Alleged thief on stolen bike.
(Photo: Nate Gibson)

Thanks to the quick thinking and brave action of a bike shop employee in southwest Portland, one of three track racing bikes stolen from Alpenrose Velodrome last week has been recovered.

Nate Gibson, an undergrad at Portland State University and employee at Southwest Bicycle, contacted us today with the good news.

Here’s Gibson’s version of events:

“So here goes, I’m finally calm enough to sit down and type.
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Megan Holcomb has recovered her stolen bike!

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 24th, 2015 at 2:59 pm


Reunited and it feels so good.

Great news Portland: Megan Holcomb, the woman who was visiting our fair city and got her beloved touring bike stolen a few nights ago, has found her bike and the two have been united.
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Portland Police, community team up to recover stolen bike

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 12th, 2015 at 1:02 pm


Sherrie Austin and her bike, happily reunited!
(Photo courtesy Sherrie Austin)

When it comes to recovering your stolen bike, there’s simply nothing more powerful than a caring community and social media. Add in the cooperation of police and you’re nearly guaranteed to get your bike back.

On Monday, the Portland Police made an arrest and recovered a stolen bike that was taken from Oak Grove resident Sherrie Austin nearly two months ago. We caught up with Austin last night to hear her side of the story.
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If only every stolen bike story ended this well

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 22nd, 2014 at 4:20 pm


Joel Brown, happy with his bright green Kona.
(Photos courtesy of Joel Brown)

We’ve shared dozens of stolen bike recovery stories here on BikePortland over the years. From an editorial standpoint, I usually don’t like to repeat similar stories; but in these cases I make exceptions. Why? Because I know the despair people feel when their bike gets stolen, and I want to give victims hope. I also feel that given what a huge problem bike theft is in Portland (much larger than you might think), I jump at any excuse to cover the topic.

On that note, here’s the story of reader Joel Brown, who emailed his recovery story to us this morning:[Read more…]

Portland Parks Rangers help man recover stolen bike

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 18th, 2014 at 1:32 pm

(L-R) Park Ranger Ray Turner, Seth Burke, and
Park Ranger Karras Kalivas, post-recovery.
(Photos courtesy PP&R)

Portland Parks & Recreation have some good news to share: They’ve helped a Portland man recover his stolen Surly Puglsey fat bike.

Here’s how it went down…

Seth Burke got his Pugsley stolen on from in front of a business in downtown Portland on Monday, February 10th. According to PP&R, who emailed us details about the theft and recovery, Burke worked hard to spread the word about his bike. We tell people all the time that the best way to get your bike back is to pound the pavement and tell anyone who will listen about your bike. Even so, after filing a police report and several days of looking and showing folks photos of his bike, Burke had lost hope.
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Portland police recover transpo chief’s stolen bike

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on September 12th, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Beatrice, the battered blue bike stolen from outside the Portland Building last week, is back in the hands of her owner, Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat.

Treat broke the news herself on Twitter, early this afternoon:

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Two stolen bike recovery stories (because we can’t get enough of them)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 21st, 2013 at 10:12 am

Because we can never get enough of hearing about how people get their stolen bikes back, we present you two more stories of stolen bike recovery success.

But before getting into some good news, we have some not-so-good news about our Stolen Bike Listings. Due to a software issue that’s causing duplicate postings, I’ve decided to disable the listings until we can get it fixed. Sorry about that. Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming…

Our first story comes from Vancouver resident Branden Shelby. You might recall that Branden was the subject of one of our Ride Alongs back in April. A few months after our story, the same bike he rode with me that morning, a LeMond Poprad, was stolen from his side yard. Branden had put a lot of love into his bike, upgrading it over the years with a green Brooks saddle, green BMX pedals, and other nice touches. Unfortunately, he posted it to our Stolen Bike Listings on July 23rd with a $100 reward. [Read more…]