‘Window pane bandit’ (or a copycat) hits another bike shop

Buffered Bike Lane with a bike symbol and arrow pointing forward

The thief (thieves) made out
with a Surly LHT.

Southeast Portland bike shop Seven Corners Cycles was broken into this morning. The thieves (or thief) made out with one new bike (a large, black Surly Long Haul Trucker), seven Chrome messenger bags, and some lights and locks.

According to shop owner Corey Cartwright, they entered the store by carefully removing a glass panel next to the front door — using the same method as the “window pane bandit” that hit several bikes shops back in November.

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Police offer reward for ‘window pane bandit’ who has hit several bike shops

Buffered Bike Lane with a bike symbol and arrow pointing forward
Sneak peek at West End Bikes-24

West End Bikes on SW Stark
and 11th is one of several shops
that has been broken into
this past week.
(Photo © J. Maus)

A thief who has (nearly) mastered the ability to remove large windows without breaking them has hit several bike shops and other businesses in the past week.

A total of six businesses (including three bike shops and one bike rack store) have been burglarized since November 1st by what police feel is the same criminal. Two bicycles stolen from windows have since been recovered (officers found them being ridden by people at the site of Occupy Portland) and now Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a $1,000 reward to catch the suspect who’s responsible for the string of thefts.

In each of the incidents, the suspect expertly removed a large window without smashing it (or at least trying to not smash it).

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