Former food service janitor at Newport High jailed for stealing cash/property from the school – Also for burglarizing Taft HighA former Newport High School food service worker is in the Lincoln County Jail on charges that he burglarized Newport and Taft High Schools after-hours.
School staff reported that someone had unlawfully entered Newport High during the night and stolen numerous items including cash. A review of surveillance footage confirmed a male suspect had entered the school around 12:19 am. The suspect went through several areas of the school and appeared to be using a key to gain access to locked areas.
The suspect then exited the school with various items including an undisclosed amount of cash from the schools concession stand.
After reviewing surveillance video, school employees positively identified the suspect as Jacob Allen Hineline, a former janitorial employee with Sodexo.
On January 10th, Newport Police investigators, assisted by Toledo Police, located Hineline at a Toledo residence. Hineline was taken into custody without incident.
Investigators learned Hineline gained access to the school by using a master key he was issued as part of his employment with Sodexo.
Some of the stolen items were recovered at the time of arrest, including a master key that Hineline used to enter the school. Investigators are working with school officials to continue identifying property that was stolen during the burglary.
The investigation also confirmed Hineline was also responsible for a burglary at Taft High School, committed at Taft High School Monday morning at approximately 12:15am.
Hineline is lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on the charges of Burglary II, Trespass II, and Theft I, related to the Newport High School burglary and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs.
Lincoln City Police Department also charged Hineline with Burglary II, Trespass II, and Theft I, related to a Taft High School burglary.
The Newport Police Department encourages citizens to report any suspicious activity they witness, as it may assist law enforcement. The Newport Police Tip Line is available at 541-574-5455, or Text-a-Tip at 541-270-1856. If you have any information regarding this case, contact Detective Leake with the Newport Police Department at 541-574-3348.