Owner hopes someone helps police find his stolen, one-of-a-kind motorcycle

Owner hopes someone helps police find his stolen, one-of-a-kind motorcycle »Play Video

PORTLAND, Ore. - One of Joshua Van Patter's passions in life has been his motorcycle.

“Custom exhaust,” Van Patter said on Friday. “It's built similar to café racer style.”

The motorcycle is a modified Ducati Monster 900, a sweet ride customized by people Van Patter works for at Icon in Portland.

“You know, it's one-of-a-kind and it's been my bike for a while and just - i really enjoy it,” Van Patter said. “It means a lot to me and it was really a huge bummer to see this thing taken.”

Until Wednesday afternoon, Van Patter kept the bike stored inside a locked storage area - invisible to anyone around - on the deepest level of his condo’s parking garage at the John Ross in Portland’s south waterfront district.

Van Patter was working when he got a strange call.

“I had a friend call me at about 3:30, 4 saying 'Hey, did I just see you going down Naito Parkway beating on your motorcycle?'" Van Patter said. "You know - acting reckless.  And I was like 'Wait, what?! No!'"

The storage door's lock was taken apart.

The thief had pulled away a ventilation screen to get to the bike.

Surveillance images from the condo garage show the thief walking down the ramp while the entrance gate is open.

Less than a half-hour later, the thief is seen riding the motorcycle out.

A soda cup left behind by the thief led Van Patter to surveillance videos of the same man buying a drink at a sandwich shop just around the corner.

Van Patter believes this kind of motorcycle thief is a threat to anyone who rides.

“Absolutely,” Van Patter said. “He had this bike targeted, which is a little suspicious. Yeah of course, I would love this guy being behind bars and off the streets."