Jackson 21 maintenance worker let himself into empty home to rob it, police say

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by Captain Steve Laskiewicz, JPD

JACKSON TOWNSHIP, NJ – On December 23rd, 2021, Police Officer Michael DeBlasi responded to a residence located on Chatham Court West in the Gardens at Jackson 21 on the report of a theft. A resident was reporting that over $4,000.00 in cash and an Apple watch had been stolen from the residence although no forced entry was made. The officer’s initial investigation resulted in the potential suspect being identified as an employee of the complex’s maintenance department.

Detective Brian Baranyay continued the investigation which also included reviewing security camera video showing the maintenance employee entering the residence while the victim was not home, which the employee provided conflicting information about. Multiple follow up interviews were conducted which resulted in Det. Baranyay obtaining probable cause to obtain a warrant complaint against the suspect, who was arrested and lodged in the Ocean County Jail after he turned himself in at police headquarters on January 13, 2022.

Troy Jones, age 57 of Jackson, NJ. He was charged on a warrant complaint with burglary and theft. He was processed and lodged in the Ocean County Jail.

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Det. Baranyay has been continuing the investigation to obtain additional information in reference to the incident. Any residents who may have information on this incident or who have discovered property missing from their residences are asked to contact him at 732-928-1111.