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Police find stolen item cache, begin looking for theft victims

Unlocked cars easy targets for thieves, OCPD unsure how many people affected
By Katie Tabeling | Oct 05, 2017

(Oct. 6, 2017) Ocean City Police have recently recovered a large number of items suspected to have been stolen from cars last month, and are asking residents and visitors who may have been victims of theft to come forward.

“We are still sorting out exactly how many victims we have,” Police Public Affairs Specialist Lindsay Richard said. “There was quite a bit of unclaimed stolen property that was found. It’s change, electronics, anything that you may commonly keep in your car.”

Ocean City Police launched an investigation after several reports of thefts from cars were made between Sept. 13-21. Richard said the thefts were not in any particular area, but were more opportunistic in nature each of the cars was unlocked.

Many think that this is common sense, but the vast majority of our thefts from vehicles occur when the car is unlocked, rather than the suspect breaking into them,” Richard said.

Police have identified two suspects, who may have been stealing to support drug habits.

The investigation is still ongoing, and charges are pending.

Several items are currently unclaimed. Citizens that believe that they may be a victim of theft are asked to contact Detective David Whitmer at 410-520-5390 or dwhitmer@oceancitymd.gov.

Ocean City Police also recommend always locking car doors, and to never leave windows down.

Residents are also encouraged to not put packages or shopping bags in plain view, as visible packages increase the chances of a vehicle break-in.

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