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Leonia police seek van tied to afternoon business-suit burglar

Photo Credit: Courtesy LEONIA PD
Photo Credit: LEONIA PD
Photo Credit: Courtesy LEONIA PD

YOU SAW IT HERE FIRST: Leonia police this afternoon released a surveillance photo of an extended van believed connected to a business-suited, briefcase-carrying burglar who was caught on surveillance video breaking into a home yesterday.

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Thanks in part to a Telemundo viewer who recognized him, Leonia police said they’ve caught the business-suited burglary captured on surveillance video breaking into a home, as well as an alleged lookout he was talking with on a cellphone. READ MORE….

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As first reported earlier today on CLIFFVIEW PILOT , police believe the bandit who struck on Cottage Place at 3:30 p.m. — and possibly on nearby Hillside Avenue around the same time — had an accomplice driving the white van in the photo above.

Neighbors reported seeing the occupied van in the area of the break-ins, Capt. Scott Tamagny told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this morning.

A portion of the video released by police shows the burglar in a grayish suit, with a black shirt and print tie and aviator glasses, carrying a briefcase and speaking with someone in Spanish through an earpiece on a cellphone.

“We’ve seen this before,” Tamagny said. “People see someone in a suit, they don’t think anything of it.”

After popping the rear door open with a tire iron, the burglar closes the lock and looks directly into the camera before heading inside.

Tamagny asked that anyone with information that could help the investigation call Leonia police:
(201) 944-0800

IMAGES: Courtesy LEONIA PD

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