Local man finds stolen cars for fun
By Paulina Aguilar
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PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) — Auto theft is a common crime in the Portland metro area. Today, a local man takes it upon himself to help recover stolen vehicles in his spare time.
It all started in September when a friend’s motorcycle was stolen and Nick Haas helped find it. Since then, its efforts have taken off, Haas has helped recover 52 stolen vehicles.
Haas has learned the ins and outs of tracking down a stolen vehicle now he finds an average of one a week. Sometimes he will find them intact and other times stripped.
“Almost every morning, I found a car or a bicycle while going to the store. Sometimes it’s as simple as going through homeless camps, sometimes I look on Facebook and say okay, this guy is missing his Ford F Series,” says Haas, owner of RBP Auto & Cycle.
Some of his encounters were dangerous. He had a knife pulled on him, was shot twice and was nearly crushed. But luckily he was not injured.
Haas says it’s all worth it.
“Seeing owners faces the first time they see their missing car or motorcycle, no matter what vehicle. That moment is why I do it. It’s worth the risk, putting me there, d ‘to go out there and find it just so that those people at that time are reunited with their vehicle,” Haas said. “By my standards, I don’t consider myself a hero at any time. faith and hope in humanity restored by the actions of strangers and I think that is the beautiful aspect of this whole situation.
Haas hopes to one day turn his detective skills into a nonprofit and work alongside the city to help people find their missing cars. As for advice on how to prevent your car from being stolen, he says the best thing to do is to get an extremely loud car tracker or alarm.
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