Police use 'bait bike' to nab Eugene bicycle theft suspects

    Eugene police arrested (from left) Joseph Scott Buttenhoff, Travis Gene Sellers, Schylar Domonicq Flick and (not pictured; no mugshot availabe) Jeremy Allen Black on charges of Theft in the First Degree as a result of the investigation. (Lane County Jail mugshots; SBG file background)

    EUGENE, Ore. - Police conducted a "bait bike" operation in Eugene last Friday and arrested four men on suspicion of theft.

    Detectives from the Property Crimes Unit arrested:

    • Travis Gene Sellers, 34, on charges of Theft in the First Degree and four unrelated warrants
    • Joseph Scott Buttenhoff, 38, on charges of Theft in the First Degree
    • Jeremy Allen Black, 27, on charges of Theft in the First Degree
    • Schylar Domonicq Flick, 24, on charges of Theft in the First Degree

    Combat Bike Theft

    The bait bike initiative is one part of a larger effort to combat bicycle theft in Eugene.

    Police urge Eugene bicycle owners to register their bikes.

    "Though registration does not protect your bicycle from being stolen, it drastically increases your chances of recovery," police said. "Registration is fast and free for City of Eugene residents living in the incorporated area of Eugene."

    Bicyclists should also use a quality U-lock and cable lock.

    "No lock is undefeatable, but U-locks used along with cable locks, will provide much better protection than a cable lock alone," police said. "Many of the bicycle thefts reported to EPD involve no lock being used, or only a cable lock. Cable locks can be easily cut and do not provide adequate protection. The website link above also provides examples of how to properly lock your bicycle."

    If your bike is stolen, police urge you to report it immediately.

    "Be sure to provide specific details about your bike, including critical information such as the serial number," police said.

    You can file a report by calling the police non-emergency number at (541) 682-5111 or online.

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