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Old 07-12-07, 06:11 PM
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E-Bay Bike Thief mussman81 Goes Down!

http://bikeportland.org/2007/07/12/v...ed-bike-thief/

Originally Posted by BikePortland
Back in December, someone broke into Mike Kloeppel’s Woodstock neighborhood home and stole four of his “irreplaceable” high-end bikes.

A few months later Southeast Precinct police officers recovered two of them.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago.

Out of the blue Kloeppel got a call from someone in Wisconsin who said they just won a bid for a bike frame on eBay. The caller said he suspected the bike might be stolen (it had a low price and the headset and bottom bracket cups were still in the frame) so he Googled it, found Kloeppel’s stolen bike listing and phone number, and gave him a call.

Once Kloeppel heard the description and saw the eBay listing he knew it was his beloved Niner frame.

A quick look at the seller’s eBay profile (he goes by mussman81) and Kloeppel easily found the thief’s name (Emil V. Mussman), a photo, and even his Gresham address!



Kloeppel also noticed other parts of his bike listed for sale (like his suspension fork). Once he had mussman81’s phone number he punched it into a Craigslist search and found more items he suspected were stolen.

He then passed all this information on to Portland Police Detective Michael Frome who was working the case.

In the meantime, in order to engage Mussman and hopefully get more of his stuff back, Kloeppel won the bid for his suspension fork and had arranged to meet mussman81 to complete the transaction in a McDonald’s parking lot.

Detective Frome was happy to hear Kloeppel had made these plans because he needed to witness Mussman sell the stolen fork in order to build his case and get a search warrant for his arrest.

So the stakeout was set. Here’s a photo taken by Detective Frome at the McDonalds on SE 92nd and Powell that shows Kloeppel (left) and Mussman.



The stakeout went as planned and Det. Frome got his search warrant.

This morning at around 8:00am, Portland Police officers paid Mussman a visit. He was taken without incident to the Multnomah County Detention Center and charged with Theft in the First Degree and Possession of Methamphetamine, as well as a probation violation.

Kudos to the hard work and dedication of Detective Frome, that nice guy from Wisconsin and Mike Kloeppel’s persistence.

Three down and one to go Mike! Let us know if that last one turns up…
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Old 07-12-07, 06:14 PM
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Amazing story. Glad to hear a professional (at least apparently professional) bike thief got caught. Especially when bike thefts are often disregarded by police.
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The Wisconsin buyer was really sharp, and made the right call! Congratulations to him for finding the rightful owner!
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I have a feeling that some ridiculously high percentage of bike thieves are also drug addicts.
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Originally Posted by notfred
drug addicts.
The victimless crime.

Until they start breaking into your home to steal your things and sell them on eBay so they can keep their habit going...
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Reading this warmed my heart today.
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I've got to give the portland people props for their theft recovery efforts. They really seem to be looking out for each other as a community.
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Originally Posted by JeffS
I've got to give the portland people props for their theft recovery efforts. They really seem to be looking out for each other as a community.
Well, the police here aren't doing all that much, so someone has to. <sigh>
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This is like the third or forth stolen bike recovery story I've read this year. And they were all in Portland. Hopefully it will be trend setting.
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Note to self: never try to steal a bike in Portland.
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Originally Posted by CrimsonEclipse
It's a society thing.
Some people steal
hundreds of thousands and serve a few months. The victim(s) is (are)
still out the $.

A thief should stay in jail until he/she repays ALL debts especially financial.
16 hours a day making little rocks outta big rocks.

Or just killed.

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How about 10 hours a day picking up garbage along the highway?

Maybe cutting back the prisoners' quality of life - like free education, right to vote, etc etc.

Picking up garbage pays $1/hour, meals (bread and gruel) are provided free.

Only two rules
1. Work hard, get paid get fed.
2. Try to run and you're killed on sight. No questions asked.

None of this crap where they catch you and start another court case against you to see if you're guilty or not....
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Blue Order: Funny thing is, the criminalization of many drugs helps cause this situation.

First, you're already committing a felony, why not commit a few misdemeanors to make it easier?

Second, the market is artificially inflated by the government, so the drugs cost more.

(Note that I don't use any drugs, though.)
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Originally Posted by jeff-o
Note to self: never try to steal a bike in Portland.
For every story like this you read, there's probably about 20-30 who never see their bikes again.
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I disagree. Probably the thief was motivated by his love of donuts. Donuts should be made illegal immediately. All donut eaters should be shot on sight.
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Originally Posted by CrimsonEclipse
A thief should stay in jail until he/she repays ALL debts especially financial.
16 hours a day making little rocks outta big rocks.

Or just killed.

ooohhh k...

*backs away slowly*
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