WAYNE, N.J. -- Jewelry worth $7,320, a bronze statue valued at $4,000 and five purses worth a combined $910 were stolen by a Wayne drug abuser accused last year of helping a visiting nurse swipe cash and jewelry from a client, said township police who arrested him Thursday.
Peter J. Sanagorski, 36, was being held without bail in the Passaic County Jail pending a detention hearing.
Detective James Faber began investigating after a Parkside Court resident reported the thefts of the purses and jewelry, which she said occurred after she left her home secured on March 12.
Faber "contacted surrounding resale shops for jewelry and other items, [and] he was able to identify and recover [a ring that was] stolen, along with the information on who had sold the items," Capt. Laurence Martin said.
He also learned that Sanagorski also hocked a bronze statue to the same broker in February, the captain said.
Police retrieved the statue for the owner, who said he'd last seen it on the mantel in his home.
The Wayne Police Warrants Squad found Sanagorski and arrested him without incident Thursday as he left a home on Brittany Drive, Martin said.
He was charged with two counts of receiving stolen property.
Charges were still pending against Sanagorski after Mahwah police last October arrested him, a visiting nurse and a second accused accomplice in the client burglary.
Residents of Franklin Heights told police the items disappeared in September, Mahwah Police Chief James N Batelli said at the time.