The Eugene Police Department is continuing to follow up on bicycles stolen from Hutch’s Bike Shop. On November 11, detectives learned that several bicycles stolen in the burglary were being stored in tents at the Washington Jefferson Street Park. Heather Priest, age 34, of Eugene was arrested for selling one stolen bicycle and being in possession of a second stolen bicycle. Joseph Davis, age 43, of Eugene was issued a criminal citation to appear for also being in possession of the stolen bicycle.
Acting on information from the community, detectives from the Property Crimes Unit, along with the Street Crimes Unit, Patrol, Parks Patrol, and the Downtown Team conducted foot patrol of the Washington Jefferson Street Park in hopes of locating additional stolen bicycles. One additional bicycle was located and recovered. Additionally, a search warrant related to this investigation was served on two tents in the park where one additional stolen bicycle was located.
So far detectives have recovered four bicycles stolen in the burglary at a total value of $20,000, however, many more are still outstanding.
“I’m incredibly proud of our Property Crimes Unit for their hard work on this case and for the teamwork with the other units that went into recovering some of the property and making the appropriate arrests,” said Chief Chris Skinner. “This was a brazen crime with a huge impact to the involved business. Eugene Police Department is committed to holding offenders accountable and we have maintained that we will address criminal behavior regardless of where that occurs. In this instance our investigation took us to Washington Jefferson Park. There has been controversy about Washington Jefferson Park within our community. While arrests were made there, this is not about the park and the people living there who are trying to recover from homelessness. This is about getting a resolution in a criminal case and holding offenders accountable.”
Additional arrests not related to the bicycles were made: Zachariah Smith, age 37, was arrested for Delivery of Heroin and an Unauthorized Use Vehicle warrant. Jason Slaughter, age 44, was arrested for a Trespass warrant. Olallie Stahl-Wellborn, age 21, was arrested for a Parole Violation warrant. Adam Cyrus Larsen, age 28, was arrested for an Unauthorized Use Vehicle warrant.
If anyone has tips in this case, they are asked to contact Detective Shawn Trotter at 541.682.5168 or STrotter@eugene-or.gov
At around 8:13 a.m. today, November 10, Eugene Police were called to investigate the theft of approximately 21 bikes from locally owned and operated Hutch’s Bicycles, 960 Charnelton. The bikes were stolen during the night and the estimated cost of the theft so far is around $100,000, including several very expensive and specialized bikes.
The magnitude of this theft is unusual and it’s a big hit to the local business.
EPD Property Crimes Unit and Forensic Evidence Unit were called out to investigate the case, and EPD Patrol has also been on scene. The teams have begun an investigation. If anyone has tips in this case, they are asked to contact Detective Shawn Trotter at 541.682.5168 or STrotter@eugene-or.gov