TOMS RIVER, NJ – A Beachwood man was charged after throwing hot coffee on a gas station clerk and robbing the station. On New Years’ Eve, Thursday, December 31, 2020, at approximately 7:00 PM police responded to the Exxon gas station located at 13 Route 37 East, near Main Street, for a reported robbery.
Upon arrival, officers met with the store clerk who reported that a white male suspect threw hot coffee on him then removed money from the cash register. The actor fled on foot west towards Route 166. The Toms River Police K-9 Unit and Ocean County Sheriff CSI Unit also responded to the scene. The suspect was determined to be Thomas Jann, 33 years old, from Beachwood following a joint investigation with the Toms River Police Department, Beachwood Police Department, Ocean County Sheriffs Department, and the Ocean County Prosecutors Office. Thomas Jann was later located by detectives at a hotel along Route 9 in Toms River at 2 AM where he was peacefully taken into custody.
Toms River Detectives were able to connect Jann to the Exxon robbery as well as three previously reported robberies that occurred in the township; Wawa on December 19th, Krauszer’s on December 26th, and the 7-Eleven on December 30th.
Jann was also implicated in a robbery that occurred on Christmas Eve at the Robin’s Convenience Store & Deli, 256 Atlantic City Boulevard,in Beachwood. Thomas Jann is now facing five counts of robbery as a result of this joint investigation. Police Chief Mitchell A. Little credits the teamwork between law enforcement agencies for taking him into custody before someone was seriously hurt.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Toms River Police Detective Travis Seaman at (732)349-0150 x.1368.
The media and the public are reminded that criminal charges are accusations only. Every criminal defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in court.