RUTHERFORD - Authorities say a 'bicycle bandit" is on the loose in Rutherford, breaking into cars and stealing valuables.

Police say he started by stealing a bike, then broke into four cars, three of which were unlocked.

The "bandit" has stolen money, a laptop, and even an assault rifle that was inside one of the cars, police say.

Police are urging residents to remain vigilant. "Lock your vehicles, lock your doors, and don't keep valuables in plain sight," says Rutherford Police Chief John Russo. "Don't give them a reason to enter your vehicle."