|Second theft a deflating event for Mt. Hood Bicycle owner posted on 08/01/2019|
Mt. Hood Bicycle has once again sparked the attention of
brazen thieves by experiencing yet another smash and grab. Located in the
Hoodland Shopping Center in Welches, the bicycle shop suffered its second
break-in in just four months in the early morning hours of July 16. Open for
business since the beginning of 2018, Mt. Hood Bicycle has built its inventory
from scratch and its supply of upscale bicycles and accessories has proved
tempting for scroungers eager to lay their hands on the expensive gear.
George Wilson, proprietor of Mt Hood Bicycle, expressed his
dismay at the lack of police services on the Mountain during the nighttime
hours, leaving residents and businesses defenseless against increased crime in
"After experiencing my second break-in in four months,
I'm feeling a bit powerless in my efforts to combat these events," Wilson
said. "While I have the thief on camera, he had a bandana over his face,
while wearing a hoody and black leather gloves. What is really troubling is this
guy returned three times in fifteen minutes, all the while knowing there would
be no deterrent and no witnesses between the hours of 2 a.m. - 6 a.m."
The video, which was shared on Facebook, shows the thief
hauling his spoils through the vandalized window and also prying open the cash
drawer. He escaped with two bicycles, an orange and sage green Niner/Jet RDO
priced at $4,200, and a metallic blue, medium-sized full suspension
electric-assisted bicycle valued at $3,750. More than eight hundred dollars was
stolen from the cash drawer.
Mt. Hood Glass completed repairing the broken glass before a
Clackamas County Deputy showed up to take an incident report, according to
Wilson. "We simply do not have adequate police coverage to battle these
increased break-ins. Each time these thieves are successful, they become more
emboldened," Wilson added.
Wilson explained he has insurance, but another incident
would most certainly result in the cancelation of his policy, without which he
would be unable to continue doing business. In addition to the on-site cameras,
a beefed-up security alarm system has since been added.
"Let's keep looking out for each other," Wilson
said. “Please don't let these thieves continue to steal and vandalize
By Frances Berteau/MT