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Portland man's bike stolen while he donates platelets

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A Portland man’s bike was recently stolen while he was donating platelets at the Red Cross on Vancouver Ave.

"Yeah, it was ironic but that's the way it goes," Dave Jasa said of the fact that the bike was stolen while he was doing a good deed.

Surveillance video from the organization shows a man on a bike riding up to the bike rack in broad daylight and cutting Jasa’s bike free before he ditches his own bike and drags Jasa’s away.

"I'd had a lot of adventures on it," Jasa said. "We'd ridden 43,000 miles over 18 years. There was a strip of cloth my son had given me -- it was my good luck charm."

Jasa said it cost him about $2,500 to replace the bike. He has also replaced the cable bike lock with a steel ‘U’ shaped one.

He is one of thousands in the metro area that lose bikes each year. It has become such a problem that the Portland Police Bureau created a task force specifically to fight bike crime. 

Police data shows that more than 7,600 bikes were stolen in 2013 and 2014. It costs Portlanders $2 million a year.

"Wow, I hadn't heard that it was that much," Jasa said.

Since Jasa’s bike was stolen on March 6, nearly two dozen other bikes in Portland were reported stolen on bikeindex.org

The Portland Police Bureau’s Bike Theft Task Force has tips on how you can keep your bike safe. 

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