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Pair of stolen bikes recovered; persons of interest sought

Lake Oswego Police want to talk to a homeless couple about case

Two bicycles stolen from a Lake Oswego bike shop last week have been found.

Police are offering a reward to find another four bikes still missing. They are also asking for help in locating a husband and wife they say are of interest in the case.

The six bicycles - valued at more than $16,000 - were stolen from behind Lakeside Bicycles at 428 N. State St., Oct. 24 at about 5 p.m.

The bikes were taken from a rack behind the shop while employees were moving them from inside the store to an attached warehouse. They were unattended for between 10 and 15 minutes.

All of the bicycles belonged to customers who had brought them to Lakeside Bicycles for repairs.

They were individually valued between $600 and $8,000 to $10,000. One had sentimental value: It was a gift from a customer's father 30 years prior.

Shop owner Gordon Haber opted to replace the bikes with current models or comparable new bikes. But Haber was also watching Craigslist and eBay and e-mailed and faxed a list of stolen bicycles to nearby shops, Web sites and bike stores in hopes of catching the crook or crooks.

Media reports of the thefts spread word of the missing bikes even farther.

By Tuesday, Lake Oswego Police had recovered two of the six bikes - together worth $9,000 - from a location in Portland. One was a limited edition Bianchi named for cyclist Danilo DiLuca, the other was the bicycle that had been given as a gift.

Police have not said how they found the bikes or that they plan to charge a transient couple with theft.

But they are offering a $500 reward for information leading to the recovery of the remaining four bicycles. The are also asking for help in locating Daniel Dwane Barton, 39, and his wife Sherry Ann Barton, 38.

The Bartons are believed to be homeless and have been known to frequent Portland, Gladstone, Milwaukie, Lake Oswego and Beaverton. They are possibly staying with friends or acquaintances and may be moving between locations.

Police believe the bicycles may have been left at the home of the Bartons' friends or possibly used for rent or barter.

Both the Bartons are Caucasian. Daniel Barton is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 235 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. Sherry Barton is described as 5 feet, 4 inches tall and 135 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

The bicycles still missing include:

* A specialized Stumpjumper FSR, silver in color, 29-inch frame;

* A Bianchi Cross Concept Scandium, light green and cream in color, 19-inch frame;

* A Bianchi Volpe, gold in color, 22-inch frame;

* And a Trek Series 4, black in color.

Anyone with information about the bicycles or about Daniel and Sherry Barton is asked to call the Lake Oswego Police Department. The phone number is 503-635-0238.