February 28, 2013 15:15Today, Thursday February 28, 2013, at 7:51 a.m., Portland Police officers assigned to bike patrol received a call from the Biltmore Hotel, located at 310 Northwest 6th Avenue, on the report that management evicted a man and in the process of cleaning the room found that it was filled with bicycles and associated parts.
Officers identified 16 bicycles that were suspected stolen and seized all the bicycles, frames, and boxes of parts. While processing the evidence, the evicted man returned to the hotel and was arrested without incident. He has been identified as 27-year-old Steven Sherman.
Officers have been checking all of the available serial numbers for stolen as well as the stolen bicycle registry (http://www.stolenbicycleregistry.com). Officers have been able to return two bicycles to their rightful owners.
In one of these cases, the owner did not have the serial number to her bicycle but did make a police report and posted photos on the website, which assisted officers in tracking her down.
Sherman was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Theft in the First Degree, Theft in the Second Degree and Attempted Possession of Methamphetamine.
He will be arraigned on Friday.
Officers will continue to work on locating the rightful owners of the bicycles recovered.
The Portland Police Bureau encourages bicycle owners to keep track of the serial number of the bicycle in the event of a theft. Reports of lost or stolen bicycles can be filed online by visiting http://www.portlandpolice.com
Attachment: VIEW FILES
Sgt. Pete Simpson