May search for escaped convict Arthur Buckel cost taxpayers over $180,000

A weeklong search in May for a convict who escaped from a minimum security prison in southern New Jersey cost taxpayers more than $180,000 in

A report states that the search for escaped

A report states that the search for escaped inmate Arthur Buckle cost taxpayers over $180,000. (Credit: NJ Dept. of Corrections)

BARNEGAT TOWNSHIP - A weeklong search in May for a convict who escaped from a minimum security prison in southern New Jersey cost taxpayers more than $180,000 in overtime for law enforcement.

NJ.com reportsĀ a majority of the overtime was for officers with the state Department of Corrections, which led the hunt for Arthur Buckel after he fled Bayside State Prison on May 3.

DOC spokesman Matthew Schuman says the department has a "longstanding mutual aid agreement" with other agencies when assistance is needed. But that agreement doesn't include financial reimbursement for law enforcement entities that provide help to the DOC.

The search focused on Barnegat Township for two days after Buckel was seen entering a store there. Mayor John Novak has requested repayment from the state for nearly $30,000 in overtime.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

VIDEO: Chopper 12 over East Brunswick bus crash 1 VIDEO: Chopper 12 over East Brunswick bus crash
Chopper 12 over wreck that killed NASCAR driver 2 Chopper 12 over wreck that killed NASCAR driver Jason Leffler
Vandals defaced historic trains belonging to the United 3 Vandals deface historic train equipment in Boonton
4 Word on the Street: Selfies
5 12 on Health: Spike in flu cases

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Escaped inmate Arthur Buckel in custody after nearly Sheriff: Escaped inmate captured in Ocean County

Authorities in Ocean County say they have captured an inmate who escaped about a week

Escaped inmate Arthur Buckel is still at large. Officials believe escaped convict no longer in Barnegat

Authorities in Barnegat Township say that they no longer believe that an escaped prison inmate

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE