No. 419
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
March 24, 2019

Burglars on Bicycles.

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Burglars on Bicycles.

Burglars in Bicycles

A new use of the Bicycle
Burglars in Massachusetts utilize the flying wheels in their midnight depredations. [more]

Burglars mounted on bicycles silently entered Essex, Mass. A few nights ago. They broke into eight houses where they secured booty, and several where they got nothing. Then they mounted their bicycles again and silently rode away, leaving no clue to their identity.


Reprinted from The National Police Gazette, May 5, 1883.