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Bikes stolen from foreign exchange students returned, suspect arrested in Clackamas Co.

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Foreign exchange students from Thailand, Dilokwiwatmong Kolgit (left) and Kaewkwan Poomkaew. (KPTV) Foreign exchange students from Thailand, Dilokwiwatmong Kolgit (left) and Kaewkwan Poomkaew. (KPTV)
Courtesy: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office Courtesy: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Austin Cook, jail booking photo (Courtesy: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office) Austin Cook, jail booking photo (Courtesy: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office)
CLACKAMAS COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

Two stolen bicycles were recovered from the Oak Grove Fred Meyer Sunday afternoon and have been returned to the rightful owners, according to Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

The bikes were stolen from two foreign exchange students from Thailand who said the theft was a big loss because they use the bikes to get to and from work and school.

CCSO said the bikes were reported stolen by a Fred Meyer employee who saw a man take them around 2:37 p.m. The bikes were parked at a bicycle rack in front of the store.

The employee followed the suspect as he drove away in a red Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Deputies arrived and found the suspect, Austin Taylor Cook, 33, of Washington, in a residential neighborhood near the Fred Meyer.

Deputies were given consent from Cook to search his Jeep. The bicycles and a helmet were recovered, along with drug paraphernalia and a small amount of methamphetamine.

According to CCSO, Cook told deputies he bought the bikes at another store, but eventually told deputies he stole the bikes to sell them to get money for gasoline and/or drugs.

Cook was taken to Clackamas County Jail on charges of theft in the second degree and possession of a controlled substance.

The exchange students contacted the Sheriff's office after seeing pictures of the bikes on Twitter.

Deputies returned the bikes to the students on Monday.

FOX 12 spoke to the two students who said they aren't mad, just happy to have their bikes back.

"I'm happy because we need to use it because we come to work by bike everyday, so we feel so happy, and I need to say thank you [to] the good citizen of Portland," said Kaewkwan Poomkaew.

The two young men said they are also thankful the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office was able to recover their bikes.

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