LONGVIEW, Wash. — A popular podiatrist who was charged with stealing expensive racing bicycles in Washington, Oregon and Utah has committed suicide at a hospital.

Jacob J. Bos, 35, hanged himself Feb. 25 n his room in the psychiatric ward of St. John Medical Center at Longview, according to police. Two certified nursing assistants found his body, police reported.

Bos, 35, had been released on $5,500 bail while awaiting trial in Cowlitz County Superior Court on nine counts of first-degree possession of stolen property and three counts of trafficking in stolen property. The bikes were worth $55,000, police said.

He was admitted to St. John Medical Center on Feb. 7 after attempting to kill himself by overdose, according to police. Bos also tried to commit suicide on Jan. 22 after being questioned by Seattle police, cutting his forearm and trying to drive into the Kalama River.

One of the nursing assistants who found the body told police she last saw Bos alive when he went to bed at 8 p.m. the night of his hanging. She said she checked on him every half hour by opening the door and shining a flashlight on his bed without knowing that pillows and blankets had been arranged on the bed to resemble a person sleeping.

The ruse went undetected until she went to awaken him at 6 a.m. the following morning. Failing to find Bos in an initial search of the room, the nursing assistant and a colleague discovered his body hanging in the bathroom, a leather belt around his neck, police wrote.

Bos, a native of Utah, had a degree from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and a residency at a top hospital in Columbus, Ohio, according to the application he submitted for a podiatrist license in Washington state.

An avid biker and member of a local racing club, he was charged with stealing racing bicycles from around Seattle, Portland and Utah beginning early last year and with selling some of the bikes.

Store owners said the bikes were taken on test rides and never returned.

Seattle police cracked the case after DNA from a coffee cup left by a man who failed to return a bike matched that of Bos. He pleaded guilty in January 2006, a month after getting his podiatry license in Washington state, to theft in Columbus for using another man's identity to buy furniture on credit.

Dr. Richard Kirkpatrick, who owns the clinic where Bos worked, said he was highly regarded for his skill and rapport with patients.

"He was a very bright, cheerful, happy, intelligent doctor. The patients loved him," Kirkpatrick said.