Suspected Robber of Sandy-Damaged Home At Large
The hunt is on for a 22-year-old from Woodlynne accused of stealing from a Brick Township home he was assigned to help remediate in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Jamar Jenkins is charged with theft and the subject of a warrant issued in Brick. He's suspected of making off with a 14-karat gold and diamond ring, an Apple iPad and an assortment of jewelry and other items valued at more than $7,500. Bail has been set at $20,000 with no option for release on payment of 10 percent.
Police say Jenkins worked for Puro Clean, the company hired by the owner whose house had taken on water three feet high during the storm. She reported the ring and iPad missing on November 21, and subsequently reported that more items had disappeared.
According to police, the company's owner acknowledged Jenkins as a new hire to meet the demand for remediation services.
Jenkins remains outside of police custody. Police believe he lives on Cooper Avenue in Woodlynne. Check the photo, and if you have information that can help the probe, call Brick Township police at 732-262-1100. Detective Robert Shepherd is in charge of the investigation. His direct line is 732-262-1120.
Brick PD Chief Nels Berquist says that very few thefts have been committed against the township's storm survivors, and that his department is committed to preventing them and to "relentlessly pursue" anyone who victimizes those affected by Sandy.