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Caught on camera: Thief on bicycle breaks into SE Portland car

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Shattered glass on the ground from a car break-in at SE 6th & Yamhill. (KPTV) Shattered glass on the ground from a car break-in at SE 6th & Yamhill. (KPTV)
The flier Trigsted made to warn others in the area. (KPTV) The flier Trigsted made to warn others in the area. (KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A thief was caught on camera Monday night, breaking into a parked car in southeast Portland and making off with a backpack.

It happened at Southeast 6th and Yamhill, and neighbors say what’s especially frustrating is how often the area is targeted.

“In the last six, seven days we’ve had 10 break-ins,” said Todd Trigsted, who works nearby. “We installed this video camera up here in order to just try to lend an eye to what’s happening on this part of the block, and sure enough, two days later there was a break-in.”

In the surveillance video, which was seen by more than 5,000 people on YouTube, you can see a bicyclist in a hooded sweatshirt approach the blue SUV parked on the corner. In a matter of seconds, the person on the bike peers in the passenger window, breaks the glass, grabs the bag and is gone.

“The break-in took three seconds. Three seconds!” Trigsted added.

The pile of shattered glass is still on the ground where the car was parked.

A few steps up the block, there’s another.

In that case, Trigsted said, a woman parked her car for a moment to get shampoo from the salon across the street.

“She came out ten minutes later,” he explained. “And somebody had broken into her car.”

Trigsted said he noticed a correlation between a growing homeless camp nearby and the spike in car prowls, however there was no proof they’re related.

One of the problems, he said, is that police don’t even have the full picture because very few of the victims filed police reports.

On Wednesday, Trigsted spent time in his office making fliers to post up in the neighborhood, to warn other people not to take any chances by leaving anything visible inside their cars.

He’s also starting a coalition he hopes will turn into a neighborhood watch of sorts.

“So if somebody does see something they can alert [others], and those who are in the area can come out on the streets and try to document, try to photograph, try to grab them,” he said.

He hopes the next time thieves start to case cars in the neighborhood, they won’t get away so easily.

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