A man confessed to breaking into two businesses on Springfield Avenue in Maplewood on the same night, according to Maplewood Police.
The man, 25-year-old Jason Toomer of Irvington, confessed to breaking into the Liquor Cabinet (1846 Springfield Ave.) and the Golden Nail Salon (1815 Springfield Ave.) in the early morning hours of Oct. 6, police said.
Money and lottery tickets were missing from the liquor store; nothing was taken from the nail salon.
After viewing video surveillance tape from the liquor store, Det. Raymond Rosania recognized Toomer as someone who had been involved in previous incidents in Maplewood.
Toomer, who was on parole at the time, was also wanted for a burglary in South Orange. His parole officer turned him into the South Orange Police, where Maplewood Det. Robert Smith was able to obtain Toomer's confession to the Springfield Avenue incidents.
Toomer signed a confession for burglary and theft at the liquor store, and burglary at the nail salon.