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Sandy Cleanup Worker Charged With Stealing Items from Brick Home

Police still searching for suspect Jamar Jenkins, of Woodlynne

Brick police have charged a Woodlynne, Camden County, man of stealing items from the home of a township resident while he was there working to clean up the mess left behind by Superstorm Sandy.

Police are now searching for Jamar Jenkins, 22, who had been hired by a remediation company in the aftermath of the storm.

Brick Police Sgt. Keith Reinhard said the company had been hired by a township woman whose home was flooded with three feet of water during the storm to complete cleanup and remediation work.

During the cleanup process, the resident discovered that her 14 carat gold and diamond ring was missing, as well as an Apple iPad. The resident then searched the home and discovered other items – mostly jewelry – had also been taken, Reinhard said.

The theft was reported Nov. 21, 2012. In all, the value of the items taken added up to about $7,500.

Detective Robert Shepherd investigated and eventually charged Jenkins, who has not yet been apprehended.

Jenkins' employer, Puro Clean, cooperated with police in the investigation, Reinhard said. Jenkins had recently been hired in the storm's aftermath due to an increased workload.

Jenkins is charged with theft and an arrest warrant has been issued in the amount of $20,000, said Reinhard.

Police Chief Nils R. Bergquist said there have been very few thefts attributed to the vulnerability of people affected by Sandy, but the department is "committed to preventing those crimes through every reasonable means and will relentlessly pursue those who victimize anyone affected by the storm."

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jenkins is being asked to contact the Brick Township Police Department at 732-262-1100 or Shepherd at 732-262-1120.

Bricktown Lew January 11, 2013 at 09:07 PM
Now that's a real hard worker! When he is hired to clean up, he REALLY cleans up. Ones from Camden County pride themselves as "cleanup specialists." Also, the pawn shops there are the cleanup "treatment facilities." One has to be VERY CAREFUL who they hire these days...
WMS826 January 11, 2013 at 09:10 PM
People are way too trusting these days. This is a result of years of diversity brainwashing and being told not to judge or assume things. No way in heck would I let him into my home and if I had to I would not let anyone alone in the area where valuables are.
angie January 11, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Skank. Now go get a job in the jail mopping the bathroom floors. Loser!
medeelee January 11, 2013 at 09:44 PM
The AD is back!!! Cant read the artible! Hello????
NOT shocked January 11, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Why are we getting people from Camden Country to clean up?? I know plenty of men( & woman ) right in our own area that are out of work...
Don Mulvey January 11, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Try looking in Maple Leaf
WMS826 January 11, 2013 at 10:20 PM
Hollowman says we cannot do anything about Maple Leaf...he's a Brick cop and represents the Brick Police I assume.
Linda Lil January 11, 2013 at 10:38 PM
this also happened to me after I lost my home to a fire. I never got over it. so sad someone is that desperate never got my things back I was too distraught about losing my home to anything about the theft I regret that. I hope she gets her things back or at least $ to replace the items.
Linda Lil January 11, 2013 at 10:39 PM
i had some storm damage to my home and am Afraid to hire someone to fix it!
Linda Lil January 11, 2013 at 10:41 PM
oh. by the way the company was on Angie's list! don't trust that site for recommendations
Eileene Hutchinson January 11, 2013 at 11:23 PM
If you are looking for someone trustworthy and professional who does beautiful work check out Menard Construction on Mantoloking , in Brick, where he also owns a home which was damaged by the storm. I knew him for up North where I used to live and was so thrilled when he opened an office down here. He is restoring my home in Shore Acres and I won't have to worry about any of this stuff. EH
VICTOR FINAMORE January 11, 2013 at 11:34 PM
as I quoted before - Puro Clean a Central and North Jersey franchize company - who had hired a worker from "Camden County" - 80+ miles - south / west of Brick.. did Mr. Jamar Jenkins complete a W2,? - does the job come with a "great benefits + retirement package" to make that daily,one way 1.5-2 hr. commute ($20.+ in gas round trip) worth it-? well,,,maybe it did for a short time, until he got caught.?(pending) ** Many contractors hire guest workers / muster zone laborers - for daily "cash"- /$15-25.00 an hour labor.. While the home owner pays full price for a "proffesional service" by laborers you'll never see again - Yet; the "company name" is reputable. it's bad enough - that I've heard over the past several weeks;of the many people - who were price gouged - by professional - contracted services for Sandy Repairs + clean ups.. here in Brick . The same contractors, who nomaly would charge $5-10K to gut +sheet rock replace an "entire home" - Recently Charging people $30-60K; just to remove 3 ft of sheet rock and insulation in 1-2 days; of the first floor of the same size home. Think about that for a moment - $30 - 60K for labor, to remove debri, replace insulation and sheet rock.? - per house. Maybe it's a good time to start looking at the contractors and their employees who are hired to provide a paid service. Here's a good start : NJ Office of the Attorney General - Consumer affairs. http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/
VICTOR FINAMORE January 11, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Mr. Jamar Jenkins, will get caught, it's only a matter of time and when.. He would be a better Man to stop running - just turn yourself into the police department. That would be his first step in making a change; the rest will be up to Jamar Jenkins to make a change in his life,to become a better person with in. A person can only run so far for so long,, sooner or later it will catch up to him - with in His mind, with in his actions - which are apart of him; that's something he can't escape. The key is, to catch him before he does really something stupid or does harm to others - just to get caught.. Jamar Jenkins~ are you listening.
lisa January 12, 2013 at 02:58 AM
keep that Camden crap out of here
Laci January 12, 2013 at 04:00 AM
Thanks for the picture.
Irina January 12, 2013 at 01:41 PM
I wonder why my post was removed....I'll guess either 1st ammendment rights don't count here OR this Patch editor is friends with the hoodlum and or this company Puro Clean.....
rureallysurprise January 12, 2013 at 03:18 PM
People from this area is to trusting or dumb. I haven't figured that out yet. I just shake my head and say people can't really be that dumb. Then I am proved wrong.
rureallysurprise January 12, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Patch has been picking and choosing who they allow to exercise their 1st amendment rights.
A Resident January 12, 2013 at 04:54 PM
It's their website....they are allowed to.
A Resident January 12, 2013 at 04:54 PM
He was not volunteering. He was "paid" by the company as a laborer.
A Resident January 12, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Do you know many that will work for such a low wage? Have them call these restoration companies and sign up.
NOT shocked January 12, 2013 at 06:20 PM
sadly .. ya get what you pay for.
Salvatore Mattiaccio January 13, 2013 at 12:18 AM
Well said.. We saw a lot of this type of contracting going on, out of town companies coming in and hiring to cover open contracts.. They charged betwee 7-10 k based upon home size, most were here for 3-4 weeks after sandy then left.. This is what happens when people are in a hurry to get their project done.. They didn't want to wait for licensed local contractors to get to their project, they used whoever showed up on their door step.. We background check every employee and have actual documentation and copies of current drivers license and social security card as well as check personal and business references..
P B January 13, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Hang em from the Bridge!!
clamdigger January 13, 2013 at 01:33 AM
this is what happens when you don't lock up your valuables when people are coming to work in your house. Now if the house did have 3' of water in it, where are they living, in the same house? If not then why is that stuff still laying around? I'm guessing they have proof they are not mentioning it was this guy who did it, but what was he doing wandering around the house, how didn't anyone see him away from his duties or why was $7,500 worth of stuff lying around in the work area?
Brick Prick January 13, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Well ... If it smells like Camden if it looks like its from Camden Its guilty!!
letsallgetalong January 13, 2013 at 01:33 PM
Ha Ha, you again
rureallysurprise January 13, 2013 at 03:50 PM
When you are right your right...It is their website...they are allowed to = eventually less people will be interested in their website...only the a**holes like yourself will be able to exercise their 1st amendment rights with only the other rest of the a**holes they chose.
South End January 13, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Notably they already had a mugshot of this cretin on file...
Brick Prick January 14, 2013 at 01:53 AM
nicely put but he has a criminal record already, He heard it all before.... sad

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