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.
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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."