On Mar. 9, 2015, at 8:56 p.m., officers contacted Pickard after he almost ran into them as he rode a stolen bike on the sidewalk in Downtown Portland.
Portland Police officers arrested 36-year-old Steven Ronald Pickard after contacting him at SW 10th Ave. and Morrison St. as he rode the stolen bicycle.
Officers checked the serial numbers on the white Cervelo bicycle and learned that the bike was reported stolen on January 22, 2015, from the 1800 block of Southwest River Drive.
Earlier in the evening, another Central Precinct officer took a report that this stolen bike was seen in the area of Southeast Water Avenue and Belmont Street along with a man matching Pickard’s description. The caller on that report, a friend of the bike theft victim, provided a picture of the man and the bike to police, who confirmed that it was Pickard and the stolen Cervelo bicycle.
The victim in this case was able to provide the serial number to police when making the theft report, listed the bike on http://www.stolenbikeregistry.comand share the information among her social networks to get the word out about the theft. All of these actions led to police being able to recover the bike and make an arrest.
Pickard was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Theft in the First Degree (by Receiving), Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Additionally Pickard is being held on a parole violation.
The Portland Police Bureau has some valuable information on bike theft prevention available at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/66825