BEND, Ore. - Bend police said they arrested a wanted 32-year-old Bend man who committed several traffic violations while riding a stolen, high-end bicycle -- one of two taken from a northwest Bend home's garage last month, worth $17,000 combined. A later raid turned up other stolen property.
Police responded back on July 14 to a reported burglary of the two bikes from inside a locked garage in the 2400 block of NW Brickyard Street, said Lt. Clint Burleigh.
Last Wednesday, patrol officers spotted a bicyclist near SE Third Street and Murphy Road who committed several traffic violations, Burleigh said.
Officers contacted the man, identified as Matthew Robert Chase, at the earby Arco AM/PM.
Burleigh said Chase had active arrest warrants when contacted by officers and eluded officers for a brief time, then actively resisted arrest, but was taken into custody a short time later. No injuries were reported.
Officers found Chase had been riding an intense Carbine bicycle worth about $6,500, Burleigh said.
Looking for other items stolen in the burglary, officers raided a residence in the 20000 block of Shahala Court in southern Bend, he said.
Officers executing the search warrant found several other bikes, stolen property, a small amount of methamphetamine and a handgun. Because of Chase's criminal history, he's not allowed to possess any guns, Burleigh said.
Chase was taken to the Deschutes County Jail and held without bail on two outstanding arrest warrants, resisting arrest, third-degree escape, obstruction of governmental administration, first-degree theft and first-degree burglary, Burleigh said,. Jail records showed he was held without bail on an out-of-county warrant and also charged with heroin possession.
Burleigh said police are still looking for the other bike stolen from the northwest Bend home and released a photo of it. If you have seen the bike or Chase with it, you're asked to call police at 541-693-6911.