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.

Sheriff Mastronardy

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.

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Gavin Rozzi

Gavin Rozzi

Gavin Rozzi is the editor of Ocean County Politics and a lifelong Ocean County resident, residing in Lacey Township. Gavin's work centers on the intersection of money and politics in Ocean County, with a focus on public corruption. He can be reached via email at or via phone at (848)-667-0840 or on encrypted phone / text app Signal.

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  • Gavin, is Gilmore an employee of Seaside now and as such is part of the pension system?

    • Good question. Let me look into that.

      • Trump is a 25mil Fraud

        Are members of the local TC part of the pension system?
        How about members of the MUA Boards?
        How about the pension for being a Free Loader opphs I meant Freeholder

        • guest

          I think they have to be in for 25 years, and from what I gather . They get a percentage of their last 3 years salary for a lifetime pension. That is why , some of them get jobs at these establishments at some point later on at a nice fat salary.

          • Cuddy

            Was never sure how that did work. So you can sit on a local board or town council, Mayor etc, getting a few hundred , or a few thousand bucks a year for years, which would not amount to anything as far as a pension is concerned. Then down the line, get a job in Municipal Government for being a good soldier. They will use the inflated salary that is received, for the last 3 as how your pension is pro-rated?

          • yes

          • Via

            Don’t forget the double dippers that have retired on a public pension, then get a job in municipal government with a nice salary. So in effect they collect 2 public checks.

          • Patricia Martin

            That would include Mastronardy…

          • Mystic Island

            Hence, the Municipal Utilities Authorities.

      • TRWatch

        Gilmore has been a part of the pension system, in Seaside, for years, and years and years.

  • Lisa Pendens

    heard they found a bunch of drugs… somebody’s in trouble.

  • James

    Any update on this?

  • ABetterOC

    Prosecutors office has their custodian of evidence test positive in a drug test and is allowed to just retire quietly. Now the Sheriffs Dept has large quantities of drugs “missing” and no comment is all they can say? I think the FBI should be digging a little deeper.

  • Im Trump the 25 mil fraud

    Any news on the Happy Gilmore indictment?

    • guest

      Not in the cards

  • Joe Pockets

    l hope he has a good lawyer !