PPB checking serial numbers to get bikes back to their rightful owners.

Posted by Reed College Community Safety on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

What sounds like an episode of “Scooby Doo,” actually happened on a Portland, Oregon, college campus last month.

On Oct. 21, someone stole a bike from Reed College, although it was no ordinary bike. It was a “bait bike,” which is a bike used by campus officials to recover stolen bikes.

It's equipped with a GPS monitoring system so authorities can track it down.

“So when this bike moves two feet in any direction roughly, we get an alert to a cell phone and then we're able to track this bike, essentially it looks like Google Maps, wherever it goes from there,” said Reed College spokesperson Kevin Myers told Fox 12 Oregon.

Once the phone went off, campus officials followed the bike about two miles southeast of campus.

They called the police and entered an abandoned home where the signal was coming from.

Since the home was given to the city, police did not need a warrant.

The bookcase that concealed the safe room where the bikes were stashed.

Posted by Reed College Community Safety on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Once inside, officials couldn't find the bike anywhere until they noticed a secret bookshelf.

Inside, was a secret room where the bait bike and two others were being kept.

“I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this on an episode of ‘Scooby Doo’ with my kids at some point, it was really, sort of, inventive criminals,” Myers told Fox 12 Oregon. “[But all joking aside] we were having a lot of thefts of bikes on campus and it’s a real issue, a lot of Reed students live off campus, it’s their only means of transportation.”

The program has been in place since last year and has helped reduced bike thefts significantly.

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