PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Norwood Paladin lost more than just a possession when his 2006 Harley-Davidson Custom Road King was stolen Friday.
He lost a key connection to fellow combat veterans he was working to honor through a documentary film.
The Southwest Portland resident, a veteran of the Gulf War, had his Harley parked and locked in a secure garage near Burnside and SW St. Clair Street when it was stolen.
“I went over there and it’s just not there,” he said. “I feel violated. I try to do the right thing, you know?”
Paladin said he spent his life savings on the motorcycle. He fixed it up and was shooting the documentary, a part of which was screened at the Hollywood Cinema around Veteran’s Day. Several national veterans motorcycle organizations were poised to help promote and fund the project.
But the film is on hold indefinitely while he deals with his loss.
“Even if I could, I don’t want another bike,” he said. “(It’s been) my life for two years.”
His friends have put up a cash reward of $1000.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Portland police.