PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An off-duty detective who spotted a ‘suspicious’ van with 3 high-end racing bikes led to the arrest of a 32-year-old man connected with a string of burglaries.
David Joshua Dutcherson is accused of at least three burglaries in Southeast Portland apartment complex garages where bikes had been stolen.
The detective took note of the license plate and the driver’s appearance, and when another bike theft happened, investigators connected the information and arrested Dutcherson.
Authorities credit The Bike Index website with helping return some of the stolen bikes to their rightful owners. Some bikes had already been sold by Dutcherson to unsuspecting buyers and detectives were able to get 3 of them returned.
Court documents revealed Dutcherson was using the website OfferUp to sell the stolen bikes. Investigators said his girlfriend was telling buyers she was pregnant and couldn’t ride the bike anymore.
The 3 stolen bikes were recovered from unsuspecting buyers.
One victim, Michelle, hasn’t gotten her bike back but said she was always very careful with her bike.
“It was my first real race bike. I bought it before I did my first real Iron Man triathlon,” she told KOIN 6 News. “Really frustrating that some guy walked off with it.”
She said she never left that bike outside, but would park her other, less expensive bike outside. She used a better lock on that bike than her racer because, she said, figuring her racer was “in a secure room in a secure building.”
The thief went through 3 levels of security, she said: he pried open the garage door, pried open another door and cut the locks off the bikes.
Michelle looked at some of the surveillance photos and saw one with a clear view of his face, “and then one of them was him walking out of the building with my bike, which was very sad.”
But she was very happy when the police called her last Friday and said they made an arrest in the case. She had the serial number, the bill of sale and had it insured.
“I wasn’t hopeful. I figured they kind of chopped it up for parts already,” she told KOIN 6 News. “Maybe I’ll get it back. … It was a perfect fit. I rode thousands of miles on it.”
As for the alleged thief: “Hopefully, he stays in jail.”
Dutcherson was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on:
- 4 counts of 1st-degree burglary
3 counts of 1st-degree theft
1 count of 1st-degree theft by receiving
1 count of possession of heroin.
He’s also being held on numerous outstanding warrants and a burglary probation violation.