Officials Quiet as Feds Probe Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, Incident at Mott Place Building
The FBI has opened an investigation into the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department surrounding an incident that recently occurred at that department’s Mott Place building in Toms River, among other things, OCP has learned.
Details have remained scarce thus far, but two sources familiar with the ongoing investigation said preliminary details include that the federal probe centers on a quantity evidence that is alleged to have gone missing and an incident believed to be related to that which occurred earlier this month at a building used by the department located on Mott Place in Toms River. We are not yet able to confirm any other details.
It should be noted that the county’s evidence lockers, however, are not located at Mott Place. A source formerly employed by the sheriff’s department confirmed that those lockers are instead located at the OCSD’s Chestnut Street building, and not Mott Place.
At this time, it is believed that the investigation into the sheriff’s office is separate and distinct from the other investigation into Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore, his unpaid taxes, and the towns that hire his law firm.
Sheriff Mastronardy: No Comment
County officials and sheriff’s department personnel have remained tight-lipped about the details of the investigation or potential interactions with FBI agents that county employees may have had.
Reached Saturday evening by phone, Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy, a Republican and former Toms River police chief who was reelected in this past November’s election, declined to comment when asked by this reporter about the Mott Place incident and Mastronardy refused to provide details about his knowledge of an investigation into his department.
Mastronardy is not believed to be the target of the probe at this time, but at least one employee of his office is said to have drawn the attention of the federal authorities.
This is a developing story. When more information is known and officials respond to public records requests, we will have more stories to follow.