PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - A Portland Bike Theft Task Force officer had his own bicycle stolen.

Officer Dave Sanders is the first to acknowledge the irony. He has been working for years to prevent bike thefts across Portland, but on Thursday, someone took his bike parked in front of the Multnomah County Courthouse.

Sanders said he was running late for grand jury and left his U-lock at the office, so he secured his police bike to the rack with a pair of handcuffs.

When he came back out, the bike was gone and the cuffs were left dangling from the rack.

At first, Sanders thought it was a prank pulled off by another officer. But then he checked the surveillance video and realized it really was stolen.

“It’s discouraging that we’ve reached this level that somebody feels so empowered that they can get away with it, that they’ll try something like this, that’s discouraging that our bike theft problem is that bad. But it also motivates me, it’s kind of a motivator to say hey let’s do more, let’s see what we can do better to prevent this from happening,” Sanders told FOX 12.

The police bike was registered. It’s a 2016 blue Marin Nail Trail Mountain Bike with serial number 091712249.

Sanders said only one in 10 stolen bikes are recovered in Portland, but having it registered doubles those chances.

Sanders recommends people use a U-lock and secure the frame to the bike rack.

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(3) comments


So never handcuff a dangerous felon to a bike rack, either.

Just curious

[sad] Truly sorry you had this bad luck. Sure hope your bike is returned and no missing parts.

lue c4

yes it is discouraged but based on what i have seen happen in other cities both large and small, this is only the beginning. if portland doest cahnge its attitude towards crime and start holding criminals accountable, then you can expect the police to be powerless in just a few years

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