According to Wayne Police, on February 4th, an elderly Wayne resident reported that a gold ring was missing from her bedroom.
On this same date, police say a second report was received from an elderly resident in the same residential complex, in which the resident reported that her gold necklace was missing from her bedroom.
Police obtained additional information and learned that the residential complex was undergoing fire alarm maintenance.
An investigation by Wayne Police Detectives Mark Ciavirella and Adrian Sulejmani determined that the same contractor had entered both of the residences mentioned above, specifically the bedrooms, where the fire alarms were located.
The involved contractor, Mr. Michael Bartley, 41, of Bayville, was questioned and admitted to stealing the jewelry while within the residences.
Wayne Police said the necklace has been recovered and the ring is in the process of being recovered from another town.
Police will return the victims property Wayne authorities said.
Bartley was charged with Theft on a complaint warrant and secured in the Passaic County Jail.
The charges against Mr. Bartley are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.