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Police Arrest Parsippany Man Allegedly Readying to Rob Homes

Off-duty Officer Edward Egan spotted a suspicious male whom police believe was scoping out houses for a burglary.

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.

* December 31, 2011 at 08:24 PM
Excellent job by the Fair Lawn Police! KUDOS to Officer Egan for his diligence. Its nice to see that our Police still care
Marty Cone December 31, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Now thats a community minded policeman!
BYEBYE2011 December 31, 2011 at 10:05 PM
Yes Marty, now lets get all neighbors to think like P.O. Egan and end crime. Call on suspicious people, it works!
STOP the SPINS January 01, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Anyone that has seen Officer Egan in action knows that he is committed to his work and his community. Thank you again Officer Edward Egan for being proactive!
Paul Caramagna January 01, 2012 at 01:03 PM
We live only 100 yards from the cemetery entrance on Ontario St.! We never saw a thing, our thanks to officer Egan and the FLPD for a job especially well done. It's very comforting to know that our community is protected by such a dedicated team of police officers.
Joe Appio January 01, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Bravo Officer Egan!

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