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Leonia Police: Ski-Masked Burglar, 66, Walks Red-Handed Out Of Salon

Stephen D. Searcey
Stephen D. Searcey Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy LEONIA PD

LEONIA, N.J. – A 66-year-old ski-masked ex-con walked red-handed out of a Leonia hair salon as police responded to the burglary before dawn Thursday, authorities said.

Sgt. David Stein was on patrol in the Broad Avenue business district when he heard a “metallic bang” from behind Celebrity Salon around 1:45 a.m., Capt. Scott Tamagny said.

Stein and backup Officer Eduardo Millan entered a small alley behind the store, found the rear door pried open and spotted Stephen D. Searcey, he said.

Besides the black ski mask, Searcey was wearing a black wool cap and black gloves and carrying a black backpack as he emerged from the rear door, Tamagny said.

They took him into custody without incident and found Searcey carrying a pry bar, hammer, chisel, screwdriver and flashlight, he said.

He also had cash and a stolen credit card, the captain said.

Searcey was released on a summons charging him with burglary and possession of burglary tools.

Rutherford police last year said they found Searcey hiding in the closet of a local yoga studio with a stack of stolen money and tools that they said he used to pry open a safe.

A Leonia investigation was continuing.

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