Beachwood man sentenced for series of 2020 robberies

BEACHWOOD, NJ — A Beachwood man was sentenced to 16 years in New Jersey State Prison for a series of robberies in 2020, the Ocean County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

Thomas Jann, 34, was sentenced to 16 years in prison for his previous guilty pleas to two counts of first-degree robbery, prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said. Jann was also sentenced to eight years for four counts of second-degree robbery and four years for burglary. Those sentences will be served concurrently, Billhimer said. Due to the No Early Release Act, Jann will have to serve at least 85% of his sentence before being considered for parole eligibility, authorities said. Jann previously pleaded guilty to all charges in November. Read more: Beachwood man pleads guilty to 4 Toms River robberies

An investigation between Toms River, Berkeley and Beachwood police found that Jann was responsible for a series of robberies in those areas from December 19, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

On December 19Jann attacked a gas station attendant in a Wawa on Route 9 in Toms River and stole money from the cash register.

On December 24Jann walked into Robin’s convenience store in Beachwood and brandished what appeared to be a box cutter at the attendant before stealing cash from the cash register.

On December 26Jann stole money from the cash register at the Bayville Shop Rite on Route 9 and pushed a woman as he ran from the store.

Also on December 26Jann attacked Krauzer’s cashier on Hooper Avenue in Toms River and stole cigarettes.

On December 30Jann grabbed a cashier by the neck and held his head at 7-Eleven on Route 166 in Toms River before stealing cash from the cash register.

On December 31stJann threw hot coffee at the attendant at Exxon Tiger Mart on Route 37 in Toms River before stealing cash from the cash register.

Police also discovered that Jann had broken into and stolen money from a Beachwood home on July 27, 2020.

Jann has been held in the Ocean County Jail since January 1, 2021.

Billhimer thanked the diligent efforts of Assistant District Attorney Victoria Veni who handled the case on behalf of the state, as well as the Toms River Township Police Department, Berkeley Township Police Department, of Beachwood and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, for their collaborative efforts in this investigation leading to Jann’s arrest, guilty pleas and now to his state prison sentence.