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Portland Police reunite 12-year-old boy with stolen bicycle

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(Courtesy: Owen Lefur) (Courtesy: Owen Lefur)
Curtis Cendana, jail booking photo (Multnomah County Jail) Curtis Cendana, jail booking photo (Multnomah County Jail)

A 12-year-old boy was reunited with his stolen bike this week, thanks to the Portland Police Bureau. 

Police originally responded to reports of a bicycle theft on Wednesday where the boy told police he saw a man steal his bicycle. 

“We left our bikes outside and I noticed this guy when we were there,” said 12-year-old Owen Lefur. “He was staring at the bike and then a couple seconds later, he came back, took the bike and just ran off.” 

Lefur had ridden his bike to the store, Foster’s Market & Deli, with his sister on a snow day Wednesday to buy a treat after shoveling snow for some money.

“It’s a bad feeling, especially when it’s something you really like, because I use my bike all the time to get to school, so just watching him ride away with it is just sad,” Lefur said. 

Officers Walsh and Hauskins arrived at the scene and searched the area for the missing bike.

Several hours later, police located the bike with the suspect, identified as Curtis Cendana, 21, who had already repainted the bicycle.

Cendana was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of theft in the second degree. He was released from jail on his own recognizance. 

Officers returned the bike to Lefur Thursday. The 12-year-old said he’s happy he got to say thanks in person. 

“Very lucky,” said Lefur. “He told me he gets so many reports of stolen bikes and he almost gets none of them back.” 

A new bike lock was bought and given to the boy upon return, officers said. 

Lefur said Portland Police are going to get his bike repainted back to silver. They also got him a new lock for it. 

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