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HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN? Leonia police have identified a burglar who took a shower in his victim’s house, then lost his shirt and sock while being chased by the owner, as a former borough resident.

Police have obtained an arrest warrant for Kyle Copeland, whose fingerprint was found at the scene, Police Chief Jay Ziegler said. Copeland, 19, is six feet tall, about 165 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair and a medium complexion. He also has a tattoo on his right arm that says “Kyle.”

If you see or know him, don’t play hero: Dial 911 immediately.

It was 11:40 a.m. Sunday morning, Zieger said, when the Grand Avenue resident returned home to find Copeland ransacking his house.

The man chased the burglar out the front door and east on Vreeland Avenue, but he got away, along with jewelry and prescription medication from the man’s residence, the chief said.

The clothing was used to help a K-9 unit track their suspect, but several police agencies — including those from Palisades Park, the county sheriff’s officer and county police — had no luck, Ziegler said.

Copeland broke a rear basement window, reached inside and unlocked it to get in, the chief said.

While inside, he “took the opportunity to take a shower, opening up a new bar of soap for himself and using the residents’ towels to dry off,” Zieger said. 

In addition to the shirt and socks, Copeland left behind a fingerprint traced to him.

Anyone who knows how or where to find Copeland is asked to call Leonia police at 201-944-0800 or dial 911.

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