A friend visiting from AZ had his trusty Cannondale touring bike stolen from outside the downtown Powells earlier this month. He had great documentation on the bike and filed reports with Portland Police, BikePortland and even posted it here. He eventually returned to AZ bike-less but we both kept tabs on Craigslist sites around the region just in case. Almost two weeks later...voila!...there it was...a $2000+ bike on sale for $825. Through the Non Emergency line, I was coached by Officer Tommy Hill in North Precinct and was able to get a buy meeting set up AND get the dude's cell phone # the next day. Officers Tommy Hill and Ty Garrison assisted Sgt Jones of North Precinct to pull a unit together on short notice to handle the sting way out in Wood Village. With an assist from the local guys and Multnomah County Sheriff K9 unit, it went down just like on TV with multiple cruisers converging on the guy as he unloaded the bike from his car in preparation of the sale. Tonight the
bike is back in it's rightful garage. Portland Police - You rocked tonight!
The lessons learned...Document your bikes so you can prove it is yours and it's condition, use the official process even if you think it is fruitless as the Police Bureau really is there to help if they can, and never give up on the power of Craigslist.