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Businesses on lookout for arson threats in mailboxes

Alleged drug cartel/white supremacist hybrid group want hotel rooms in resort
By Katie Tabeling | Sep 21, 2017
Courtesy of: The Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office is advising that handwritten arson threats have been mailed to three businesses. If businesses receive a similar letter in the mail, do not open it and contact the authorities.

(Sept. 22, 2017) A bizarre letter that threatens to set fire to hotels if they fail to meet the demands of its authors is being investigated by the Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office after at least three local businesses received the handwritten message this week.

One letter, purporting itself to be from the unlikely pairing of the white supremacist KKK and Latin American drug cartels, demanded that the hotel supply a specific number of rooms or suffer the fiery consequences.

Resort officials said the letters contain nearly identical content and have Washington D.C. return addresses.

“It’s very early in the investigation into determining the source of the letters but it is very important for people who receive this type of correspondence to not open the letters,” said according to city Communications Manager Jessica Waters. “We want to be able to protect the integrity of the evidence.”

The Ocean City Chamber of Commerce issued an advisory on the letters to members on Monday afternoon. The Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office is taking the lead on the investigation with an assist from the Ocean City Police Criminal Investigation Division.

Recipients of a similar handwritten letter should contact the Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office at 410-289-8780, or after-hours via Ocean City Communications at 420-723-6602.

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