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Mt. Hood Bicycle suffers loss of upscale bike during break-in posted on 03/01/2019

It didn’t take long for Mt. Hood Bicycle to gain the attention of scroungers looking for a score.

Located in the Hoodland Shopping Center, the bicycle shop held its grand opening less than a year ago, featuring bicycle sales, parts, accessories and repairs. But proprietor George Wilson was initiated to another all-too-often Mountain event when, in the wee hours of Feb. 21, his shop was vandalized.

“I received a phone call (that morning) at 6:30 a.m. letting me know the shop had been broken into,” Wilson said. “I immediately called the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), got dressed, drove to the shop, expecting to have been cleaned out.”

But, to Wilson’s eye, the culprit had something specific in mind. He stepped through the broken glass left from the remains of a glass entry door and determined it was a “quick job.”

“The (expletive deleted) who did it just wanted the Haro full-suspension e-Bike,” Wilson said. “Nothing else was stolen. There is some irony however, as the idiot didn’t realize there was a battery charger that went with the bike.”

Wilson added that the charger is still sitting on the shelf if the (same expletive) wants to come and get it. “I’ll be waiting.”

It should be noted, Wilson said, that the stolen bicycle was a large frame size, had been upgraded with Maxxis Minion DHF/DHR tires, and grips changed to match the neon yellow striping, making it fairly easy to be identified.

“There aren’t that many 2018 Haro Shift i/o e-Bikes to be found in the Pacific Northwest,” Wilson said. “It should stand out.”

CCSO was on the scene by 7:30 a.m., according to Wilson, and Mt. Hood Glass from Gresham arrived even sooner.

“I must say I am thoroughly impressed with Mt. Hood Glass,” Wilson said. “One guy came and cleaned up the glass, measured the door, called in the dimensions to the warehouse in Boring, they cut it right away and sent two other guys to install the glass … They damn near had the job finished before the sheriffs arrived.”

Wilson’s insurance deductible is $1,000, so the loss is considerable. Cameras have since been installed to enhance the security of the site beyond the alarm system.

Subsequently, Wilson has sent the information out via Facebook and has reached more than 1,500 people.

“Hopefully, I find it before there has been too much damage,” he said.

By Larry Berteau/MT

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