A warning to local students: Someone is stealing bikes from school campuses. Even when they're locked and secured.
This morning the principal of Beverly Cleary School sent out a safety alert to second through eighth grade families about the thefts.
Principal Teri Geist said three bikes were stolen within the past week from the Fernwood campus in Northeast Portland. She said one of those bikes was brand new.
What's worse, all three were locked at the time of the theft.
Geist says the thief managed to cut the cables before taking them.
It's not surprising news to nearby Grant High School students who say their friends' bikes were stolen recently as well.
They say the only way to make sure their bikes stay safe is to either leave them at home or get a really secure lock.
"Even at our school bikes have been stolen and it's usually just the people without u locks, like the metal ones, just the little locks like links. They'll just cut those. Like nice bikes have been taken," freshman Cassius Pettit said.
Geist is advising students to keep an eye out for their rides.
In the alert sent out to families this morning, the principal asked students to now park their bikes in the courtyard.
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