Former Janitor Uses Master Key To Break Into Schools


On Tuesday, January 9th, Newport Officers were dispatched to a burglary at the Newport High School. School staff reported that someone had unlawfully entered the school during the night and stolen numerous items. 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 school’ss concession stand. After reviewing the surveillance footage, school employees positively identified the suspect as Jacob Allen Hineline, a former janitorial employee with Sodexo. The following day, Newport Police investigators, assisted by a Toledo Police investigator, 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. Portions of the stolen items were recovered at the time of arrest, including the master key that Hineline used. Investigators are working with school officials to continue identifying property that was stolen during the burglary.

The investigation confirmed Hineline was also responsible for a burglary at Taft High School, committed on Wednesday the 10th 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 the 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.


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