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Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced today the arrests of SHAKIR MAJOR, age 25, of 240 East Forest Avenue, Teaneck, New Jersey, D.O.B.: 1/12/1987 and DIANDRE MIKELL, age 26, of 695 Suffern Road, Teaneck, New Jersey. D.O.B.: 8/12/1986. The arrests are the result of a several week long investigation comprised of detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and a task force comprised of local municipal police departments.
Following a series of daytime residential burglaries committed at residences in Bergen County and Greenwich, Connecticut, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Special Investigation Squad developed information on potential suspects. As a result, a multi-jurisdictional task force was formed by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office consisting of detectives from its Special Investigation Squad, under the direction of Chief Steven Cucciniello, and the following law enforcement agencies:
1) Englewood Police Department
2) Dumont Police Department
3) River Edge Police Department
4) Paramus Police Department
5) Teaneck Police Department
6) Tenafly Police Department
7) Englewood Cliffs Police Department
8) Mahwah Police Department
9) Ramsey Police Department
10) Cresskill Police Department
11) Old Tappan Police Department
12) Fort Lee Police Department
13) Closter Police Department
14) Fair Lawn Police Department
15) Allendale Police Department
16) Wyckoff Police Department
17) Upper Saddle Police Department
18) Bergen County Sheriff’s Department
19) Franklin Lakes Police Department
20) Northvale Police Department
21) Leonia Police Department
22) Greenwich (CT) Police Department
23) Piermont (NY) Police Department
On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, members of the task force were conducting surveillance of a vehicle being driven by Shakir MAJOR. The vehicle proceeded to drive from Teaneck to Tenafly in the early afternoon hours. Shortly after 12:30 p.m., on Tuesday, task force officers observed MAJOR’s vehicle parked in the vicinity of Oxford Drive in Tenafly. After several minutes, the vehicle departed from the area at which time Tenafly police officers confirmed that a burglary had just occurred.
Detectives located Shakir MAJOR driving the vehicle in Dumont where he was apprehended without incident. Subsequently, a court authorized search warrant was executed on Major’s residence in Teaneck where a large amount of suspected burglary proceeds and burglary tools were recovered. As a result of the investigation, additional charges have been filed by Greenwich (CT) police against MAJOR for an attempted burglary in their jurisdiction on April 19, 2013.
Diandre MIKELL who was apprehended later that evening by Teaneck police on an unrelated matter was also charged with the Tenafly burglary.
Both defendants were processed and charged with Burglary and Conspiracy to commit Burglary and Theft.
Prosecutor Molinelli states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Prosecutor Molinelli would like to thank the aforementioned law enforcement agencies for their assistance and cooperation with this investigation, including the Greenwich (CT) Police Department.