arrested a Parsippany man Friday whom they allege was casing Fair Lawn homes in preparation for a burglary.
Erick R. Zimmerman, 24, was arrested and charged with criminal possession of burglary tools for items found in a backpack he was carrying while wandering the streets in the northwest side of town, according to police reports.
Around 10:50 a.m., off-duty cop Edward Egan reported a suspicious male walking up and down the area of Henderson Boulevard and Ontario Avenue carrying a backpack and looking at houses, reports said.
According to police, Egan maintained visual contact with Zimmerman and provided police dispatchers with updates on his location until patrol officers could arrive.
Once backup arrived, Zimmerman was detained by Officers Egan, Michael O’Brien and Juan Rodriguez as he entered the grounds of the . He told officers he'd been scavenging the neighborhood for discarded television sets, police said.
After a background check of Zimmerman revealed an active warrant out of Parsippany, he was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters where he was charged with criminal possession of burglary tools for the items found in his backpack, police said.
Zimmerman was transported to Bergen County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail, and is schedule to appear in on Jan. 11.