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A couple of weeks back, I wrote this story about using environmental design in North Park to fight crime. I wrote about the neighborhood’s efforts to install lighting, remove benches and clean up the area of rogue shopping carts.

Perhaps the local businesspeople should be looking at installing some sort of anti-BMX speed bumps in the road too.

A man the Police Department has dubbed the “BMX Bandit” has attempted to rob three local residences in North Park in the last week, according to a press release I just received.

Here are the details:

Detectives believe the suspect in these three cases is the same individual. He is a black male, with short black hair, 20 — 30 years old, 5′ 7″ to 6’ tall, 150 — 180 lbs. In all three cases he was wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt. In two cases he wore plaid shorts and in one case he wore Levis. The suspect wears a dark colored bandana over the lower part of his face. In one case the suspect left the scene riding a dark colored BMX style bicycle.

In two cases, the suspect entered the residences through an unlocked door or window and threatened the victims with a handgun. In one case, he ran away after being confronted by the resident before he made entry into the home (in this case no weapon was seen). There was no loss in any of these cases.

The cases occurred at 3100 Redwood Street, 3800 Mississippi Street and 2400 Bancroft Street.

WILL CARLESS

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