A local woman is pleading for help to find her rare, Danish cargo bicycle that was stolen from outside Multnomah County Headquarters on Southeast Hawthorne and Grand.
The bicycle's owner, Tanya Barham, said that she locked it up to a bike rack not far from the building's main entrance last Thursday before heading out of town for a couple of days.
It's a highly visible area, and she asked some of her co-workers to keep an eye on the bicycle, so she thought it would be safe, Barham said. She's a county employee who locked her bicycle up to the same bike rack several times before.
"The bike was locked, and I had removed the rear seat, so it wouldn't be easy to take," Barham said.
When she got back into town on Sunday morning, the bike was nowhere to be found, Barham said.
"I just felt sick to my stomach," Barham said. "I mean, my daughter's car seat was in there. Her helmet is in there. It's clear that it's a parent's bike."
Barham said she bought the bike in 2006, which was several years after she lived in the Denmark neighborhood where they are made.
Barham hasn't owned a car since 1997, she said. The bicycle that was stolen was the only way she and her 4-year-old daughter get around.
"I do wellness as my living," Barham said. "It's my main source of exercise, and my daughter and I get outside together every day. It's like one of the best parts of our days, and she was really upset when she found out it was stolen."
The bicycle is a Christiania Trike with Mag wheels, Barham said. Its original red tarp was replaced with a black one after a previous theft last October, she added. In that previous case, her bicycle was found after she posted an ad on Craigslist, and a witness spotted someone riding it near her office, she said.
This time Barham has posted an ad on Craigslist, put the word out on social media websites, and talked with area business owners, hoping to get the bike back again. So far ... nothing.
"I'd like to have it back," Barham said. "(It) would be really great."
So far, police have not identified any suspects.
If you have any information, call the Portland Police Bureau.
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