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Bicycle Bandit goes on a one man crime spree in North Jersey


July 29,2015
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, A homeless man dubbed by police as the “bicycle bandit” is wanted in connection with a series of overnight break-ins in several New Jersey communities, including Ridgewood, Allendale, Closter, Norwood, and Ramsey.

On Monday July 20, 2015, a Ridgewood resident reported that sometime between 2:00 am and 6:00 am that date an unidentified actor entered his/her home removing cash from the kitchen counter and consuming some leftover food from the refrigerator. The matter is under investigation by the detective bureau. Ridgewood Police now believe the the actor as the “Bicycle Bandit”. The Police have identified the man, James Rainsford, 47, a homeless man authorities say lives in or near Paterson.

In Allendale home surveillance video from one of the burglaries captured the suspect, 47-year-old James Rainsford, calmly walking up to an Allendale home and trying one door after another. He bolts when an alarm sounds and runs across the lawn, and soon after, his bike reflectors are seen spinning away as he rides off.

Little Falls Police are also looking for Rainsford who they say is responsible for burglarizing multiple homes and taking food with him from the scenes.

Anyone with information or who may have seen Rainsford should either call 9-1-1 or the Ridgewood Police Department at 201-652-3900.

2 thoughts on “Bicycle Bandit goes on a one man crime spree in North Jersey

  1. Hopefully he breaks into a home where the owner is home and has a gun, problem solved.

  2. yep i would shoot him in the ass with a dart.

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