YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A year after a burglar cut himself breaking into an Englewood home, city Detective Lt. Timothy Torell got a DNA blood match back from the State Police lab, then this morning arrested and charged a 20-year-old ex-con who made headlines last year after he took a shower in a burglary victim’s house.
Kyle Copeland (MUGSHOT: Courtesy Englewood PD)
West Orange police already had Kyle Copeland in custody in connection with another incident when a computer check turned up a warrant Torell said he obtained two weeks ago after he getting the blood match.
The Bergen County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Identification collected and submitted the blood sample, taken after the May 30, 2011 break-in on Tryon Avenue in Englewood’s 3rd Ward, Torell told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
Originally from Englewood but claiming to now live in Newark, Copeland was being held on $70,000 cash bail.
The NYPD arrested Copeland a year ago today in connection with a Leonia break-in that ended with him losing his shirt and sock while being chased by the homeowner.
In that case, which occurred around the same time as the Englewood incident, a Grand Avenue resident came home to find a Copeland inside his house.
While there, Copeland
“took the opportunity to take a shower, opening up a new bar of soap for himself and using the residents’ towels to dry off,” Leonia Police Chief Jay Ziegler said.
The homeowner chased him out the front door and east on Vreeland Avenue, but Copeland got away, along with jewelry and prescription medication from the man’s residence.
In addition to the shirt and socks, Copeland left behind a fingerprint that led to his arrest and conviction.
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