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Six racing bikes stolen in Portland since Thursday

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Starr Walker racing cyclocross, courtesy of Starr Walker. Starr Walker racing cyclocross, courtesy of Starr Walker.
Starr Walker's race bike which was stolen Monday, courtesy of Starr Walker. Starr Walker's race bike which was stolen Monday, courtesy of Starr Walker.
Shawn Small's racing bike which was stolen Thursday, courtesy of Shawn Small. Shawn Small's racing bike which was stolen Thursday, courtesy of Shawn Small.
Another picture of Shawn Small's custom bike, courtesy of Shawn Small. Another picture of Shawn Small's custom bike, courtesy of Shawn Small.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Six custom racing bikes have been reported stolen in Portland since Thursday, valued at thousands of dollars apiece.

It started Thursday night, when Ruckus Composite owner Shawn Small was working late at his shop in SE.

The back garage door was up, the lights were on and music was playing.  His own custom race bike was sitting there – inside the fenced parking lot surrounding his building – but someone walked in and seized an opportunity.

“I think someone just saw it and thought it was an easy nab and took it,” Small told Fox 12.

When he realized it was gone, he spent 6 hours scouring the neighborhood for it, but with no luck.  The bike he’d put so much work into and raced some 40 times over the last two years was gone.

He estimates it’s worth $5,000 and now he’s offering a reward to get it back.  His description of the bike was posted on his company’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ruckuscomp.

A few miles away at Sellwood Cycle Repair, three Kona cyclocross bikes were stolen out of a van Saturday night.  The company took to Facebook asking people to be on the lookout: https://www.facebook.com/SellwoodCycleRepair?fref=nf.

Then, Monday afternoon, someone broke in to the back mud room of a home in the Irvington neighborhood and stole Starr Walker’s bike.

She’s been racing cyclocross for seven years, and just raced with the bike Sunday at Alpenrose.  She estimates it’s worth $3,300.  

Making matters worse, the World Championships in British Columbia are coming up in November, and nationals are held in January.  Without her bike, she'll have to sit the races out. 

For details on Walker’s bike, visit her Instagram page at https://instagram.com/starrwalker/.

“It’s very uncomfortable to know someone’s been prowling inside your home, who you don’t know,” Walker told Fox 12. 

Oddly enough, she said her bike was propped up next to two others with flat tires – neither of those were taken, nor were laptops left inside the house.

“The fact these are all higher-end race bikes is interesting,” she added. 

Small said a sixth race bike was stolen from a bike shop in the Hollywood District Monday afternoon.

It’s not clear if the thefts are related or if the same person or people may be responsible.

But they’re hoping whoever took them won’t get far.

“They’re very custom and people can identify them and in this community of cyclists, there’s a couple thousand people that would be able to pick it out in a lineup,” Small said.  “There are some unique parts on these bikes.”

If you see these bikes, or know anything that can help, call Portland Police.

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