Bike shop robbed: ‘It’ll take all summer to recover’

Multnomah County

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Security cameras were rolling when thieves decided to steal several expensive bikes from a shop in the St. Johns neighborhood. 

The robbery happened Sunday night at Block Bikes PDX on North Burlington Avenue. 

Security footage showed multiple people break into a trailer in the back and taking seven brand new bicycles worth more than $4,500. 

Ben Helgren, the owner of Block Bikes PDX, March 14, 2019. (KOIN)

For Ben Helgren, the owner of the shop, the theft was a big blow to business but he was trying to stay optimistic. 

“We’ll recover,” said Helgren. “It’ll take all summer to recover.” 

Helgren said that thanks to the weather finally starting to improve, there’s a good chance the shop will see enough business to help it recoup its losses. He told KOIN 6 News that if the theft had happened during the middle of winter, the story would have had a different ending. 

“If it would’ve happened in December, it would’ve broken us. There would be no recovery,” Helgren said. 

Thieves stole 7 bikes worth $4,500 from a trailer at Block Bikes PDX, March 8, 2019. (KOIN)

Any would-be thieves will have a tougher time stealing from the shop in the future. Helgren said the shop will ramp up its security system to thwart anything like this from happening again. 

While the shop has posted flyers of the stolen bikes, Helgren knew that seeing any of them return is a long shot. So now he’s depending on the community to help Block Bikes PDX ride out the setback. 

“Business owners are here to help the community, that’s what we’re striving for,” Helgren said. “And we’re all members of the community, we live here.” 

Still, the knowledge that the thieves a

“It’s really disappointing when somebody takes something from us and we exist with the people who stole this stuff,” lamented Helgren. 

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