Ocean City Today

Car thief busted for online sales

By Katie Tabeling | Apr 06, 2017
Courtesy of: OCPD Justin L. Ehmcke

(April 7, 2017) Ocean City Police arrested a local man for a series of thefts from cars in the resort after finding that he had been selling the stolen items on a classified ad smartphone app.

In January, police responded to a reported theft on Jamestown Road, in which items valued around $1,700 was stolen, including a $100 designer skateboard, from a vehicle. Roughly a month later, the victim had found his skateboard listed on “Letgo,” an app that facilitates sales in the surrounding area. The skateboard was listed by Justin L. Ehmcke, 34, of Ocean City, according to police reports.

When police arranged to meet with Ehmcke to buy the skateboard on Feb. 20, he was arrested. A knife was found on him when he was arrested. Ehmcke was charged with theft of less than $100 and possession of a concealed deadly weapon. Ehmcke was released from custody after he saw a District Court commissioner.

After obtaining a search warrant, officers found pictures of items reported stolen from the car on Ehmcke’s cell phone, which was seized when he was arrested. Pictures of other items that were reported stolen from a second vehicle in January were also discovered on the phone.

Officers searched Ehmcke’s residence and car on March 31, where police found items connected to four other theft cases, including a jumper box with cables that was reported stolen by the second vehicle’s owner.

Ocean City Police charged Ehmckle with three additional counts of theft under $10,000, three charges of theft less than $1,000 and one count of theft scheme between $1,000 and $10,000.

Ehmcke was seen by a Maryland District Court commissioner and released on personal recognizance.


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