An Ocean County man has been sentenced for a series of robberies in 2020.

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Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer says 34-year-old Thomas Jann of Beachwood had previously pleaded guilty to the following charges and was sentenced on Friday on two counts of first-degree robbery (16 years in prison), four counts of second-degree robbery (eight years), and burglary (four years). The sentences will run concurrently.

A cooperative investigation between several police departments in Ocean County resulted in Jann being identified as the person responsible for a string of robberies in December 2020, including the following:

  • Jann attacked a gas station attendant at Wawa on Route 9 in Toms River on December 19, 2020, and stole money from the cash register.
  • On December 24, 2020, Jann entered the Robins convenience store in Beachwood and brandished what appeared to be a box cutter in the direction of the attendant; he then stole money from the cash register and fled the scene.
  • On December 26, 2020, Jann entered Shoprite on Route 9 in Bayville, stole money from the cash register, and pushed a woman as he fled.
  • Also on December 26th, Jann entered Krauszers convenience store on Hooper Avenue in Toms River, attacked the cashier, and fled with cigarettes.
  • On December 30, 2020, Jann entered a 7-11 on Route 166 in Toms River, grabbed the cashier around the neck and held a rock to his head; he then stole money from the cash register and fled the scene.
  • On December 31, 2020, Jann entered the Exxon Tiger Mart on Route 37 in Toms River, threw hot coffee at the attendant, and stole money from the cash register.

Detectives were also able to determine that Jann broke into a house in Beachwood on July 27, 2020, and stole money from the home.

Jann was arrested on January 1, 2021, and has been held in the Ocean County Jail since.

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