Wyckoff detectives participating in a Bergen County task force investigating "known burglars" have linked a Teaneck man to a February burglary in the township, police said Thursday.
Shakir Major, 26, was already in custody at the Bergen County Jail last month when Franklin Lakes police charged him with an April burglary in the borough. A task force of police from towns around Bergen County had been monitoring Major on May 21 when they saw him drive to the area of a Tenafly home that was later reported burglarized, the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office said.
He and suspected accomplice Diandre Mikell, 26, were . Authorities said Mikell has been suspected of targeting wealthy homes around North Jersey.
Wyckoff detectives involved in the investigation later uncovered evidence linking Major to a Feb. 11 burglary in the township, Chief Benjamin Fox said Thursday.
Major allegedly forced open the back door to a Highview Drive house, where $26,800 in jewelry, electronics and gift cards were reported stolen. According to Fox, detectives turned up some of the items reported stolen in a search of Major's home, and by tracking the stolen gift cards later learned that Major had used them to buy clothes.
Wyckoff detectives Sgt. Joseph Soto and Sgt. Michael Musto participated in the task force, which included police departments from over 20 towns around the county.
Major remained in custody at the county jail Thursday as the additional charges were filed, police said, and $75,000 was added to his bail.