PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — “Going out on a limb here, but this may support the argument that we still have a slight bike theft problem in the city……”
That was one of the tweets from the PPB Bike Theft Task Force after one of their bikes was stolen Thursday.
“Well, this oughta be good for some comments at least… ‘Please help Bike Theft Task Force Officer Sanders find his stolen bike’…” was another of the tweets.
PPB Bike Unit Officer Dave Sanders said he was in a rush and used handcuffs to lock his bike up outside the Multnomah County Courthouse.
“Generally, we park our bikes at the precinct and walk over, but because I was late, I parked it in front of the courthouse,” said Sanders. “I didn’t bring a U-lock with me—which I would highly recommend—but one thing we do if we are in a hurry is use our handcuffs to secure the bike, which I did to a bike rack in front of the main doors of the courthouse.”
He estimated he was inside for about an hour and a half and returned to find the handcuffs dangling from the bike rack. Surveillance pictures captured someone suspected of taking it.
The Blue Marin Nail Trail bike had a “POLICE” logo on the side, and yes, there is a registered serial number: 091712249.
Officer Sanders agreed that, “yeah, it is ironic” that his bike was stolen.
“It was my first time as a victim and it was valuable for me to go through that process,” he said of reporting the bike as stolen, notifying bike registration partners and using the bike index.
“I guess in my mind, I thought the handcuffs [were] a little bit of a deterrent—nothing we would recommend,” said Sanders. “The willingness to take a police bike, that’s shocking on a deeper level, to be brazen and bold in taking that bike.”
Portland police said bike theft is still an “enormous problem,” and estimated that a bike is stolen every hour in the city. Approximately 27 bikes are stolen every day. For information on how to register your bike with local police, the Bike Theft Task Force has forms and FAQ available online.
Anyone with information on the blue police bike is asked to call Portland police.