May 21, 2020 14:14
On May 20, 2020, officers assigned to the Bike Theft Task Force (BTTF) conducted a mission targeting bike thieves, utilizing a "Bait Bike." The Bait Bike was left parked legally in a public area, and taken without permission. Officers from BTTF were able to recover the bike after it was stolen in the possession of two suspects.
34-year-old William S. Tillman was arrested and charged with this theft as well as several other crimes in which he was a suspect. Tillman was charged with seven counts of Theft (first degree), Theft (second degree), and Possession of Methamphetamine. 53-year-old Jarod Banks was charged with Theft (first degree). Both men were lodged into the Multnomah County Detention Center.
The Portland Police Bike Theft Task Force partners with the bicycling community to focus efforts on reducing bike thefts in the city through education, awareness, and enforcement. To learn more about the team's work, and tips on preventing theft, visit this link: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/66825
PPB encourages bike owners to register their bikes at: www.project529.com/portland It is free and simple process and helps stolen bikes get reunited with their owners.
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