PORTLAND, Ore. – A Portland man with special needs will soon have his stolen bicycle back, thanks to a 6-year-old boy who recognized it and led sheriff’s deputies to the thief.
Jason Eland’s bike was stolen on Dec. 2 from the Raleigh Hills Fred Meyer store.
Family members said Jason considered his bike “his whole life.” Jason lives with his sister because he is unable to live on his own, and he would ride his bike to Fred Meyer every day.
Investigators received an anonymous call about the bike on Dec. 8. A 6-year-old boy spotted the bike and told his parents, who called police.
Deputies recovered the stolen bicycle but the suspect, Kurt Justus, ran and climbed over a concrete wall to get away, according to Sgt. Christine Steele with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
The Bike Gallery in Beaverton, where Jason’s bike was originally purchased, offered to service the bicycle to make sure it’s in good shape. The shop will reunite Jason with his bicycle.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Kurt Justus is asked to call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.