Jackson Maintenance Worker Who Used Master Key to Steal from Home Sentenced to One Year in Prison

A Jackson maintenance worker was sentenced to one year in prison for using a master key to burglarize and steal from a home.

Troy Jones, 59, of Jackson Township, was sentenced to 364 days in the Ocean County Jail as a condition of a three-year probationary term – as a result of Jones having been previously found guilty of Burglary and Theft in connection with an incident that occurred in Jackson Township on December 22, 2021. Jones was found guilty of both charges on March 20, 2024, following an almost two-week long jury trial before Judge Vicari.

On December 23, 2021, Officers from the Jackson Township Police Department were summoned to a residence on Chatham Court West in the Gardens at Jackson Twenty-One apartment complex in reference to a reported theft. Responding Officers learned that the occupants of the residence – upon returning home from work at approximately 6:00 p.m. – discovered that $4,500 in cash and an Apple watch were missing. A subsequent investigation by the Jackson Township Police Department Detective Bureau revealed that Jones – who was employed by the apartment complex as a maintenance worker – utilized a master key issued to him by the complex, entered the subject residence, and took the money and watch. On January 12, 2022, Jones was charged with burglary and theft and a warrant was issued for his arrest. On January 13, 2022, Jones surrendered himself at Jackson Township Police Headquarters in the presence of his attorney. Jones was processed and transported to the Ocean County Jail, and subsequently released as a consequence of New Jersey Bail Reform.

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  1. Maintenance Worker Who Used Master Key To Break Into NJ Home, Uses Master Key To Unlock His Jail Cell Door and Escape From Prison
    An incarcerated maintenance employee who used the master key of an apartment complex to break into a Jackson Township home in 2021, escaped from Ocean County prison on Tuesday using the master key of the prison complex to unlock the his jail cell door and escape.
    “We knew that Mr. Jones had utilized the apartment complex’s master key to break into the aforementioned home,” said Ocean County prison warden Bill Keystone, “what we didn’t know was that Mr. Jones previously worked as a maintenance worker in our prison complex, where he obtained a master key as part of his maintenance duties.”
    “It would have been helpful had we checked out his previous employment history before incarcerating him in our prison complex!” the warden asserted.
    “But if that ain’t bad enough,” the warden lamented, “Mr Jones also had a copy of the keys to my car which I lent him several years ago so he could pick up some floor cleaning products from Walmart. And now, after escaping from his jail cell, he drove off with my car!”
    “So not only is Mr. Jones a free man,” the warden added, “but he also has my car to boot! Which means I’m gonna have to hitch a ride home today!”
    Upon learning of Mr. Jone’s escape from prison, NJ Governor Phil Murphy issued an executive order on Tuesday banning NJ maintenance workers from gaining access to master keys and from borrowing the car keys of law enforcement officials.”
    “If you’re looking for people to clean your home, your office, or your prison complex,” Mr. Murphy asserted, “then stop being lazy good for nothings and stop giving them your master keys and car keys!”
    “For crying out loud,” the Governor asserted, “just tell the workers to knock on your door or to ring the doorbell when they arrive, and make sure to open the freaking door when they knock! Is that too much to ask of you?!”

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