As a result of anonymous tips received in response to a reward offered by RxPatrol/Crime Stoppers, Ocean City Police recently arrested a man suspected of burglarizing Bailey’s Pharmacy on January 3, 2011. William Keith Freeman, 25, of Ocean City, was arrested in connection with the burglary that occurred at Bailey’s Pharmacy, in addition to several other burglaries spanning across two states and four different jurisdictions.
|William Keith Freeman
The Ocean City Police Department teamed up with RxPATROL/Crime Stoppers on February 4, 2011 to ask for the public’s assistance in investigating this pharmacy burglary. A cash reward of up to $2,500 was offered for information that could help the police with their investigation. The cash reward is donated by pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma L.P., which developed and funds RxPATROL.
Freeman was arrested by the Ocean City Police Department on February 8, 2011 and charged with nine counts of burglary, three counts of theft, malicious destruction of property, possession of controlled dangerous substance and possession of paraphernalia. After being seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner, Freeman was transferred to Worcester County Jail on a $75,000 bond and also is being detained on warrants from the State of Delaware.
On Wednesday, February 2, 2011, at approximately 1 p.m., Ocean City Police responded to 1301 Atlantic Avenue for a burglary that had occurred at Kelly’s Restaurant. An investigation revealed that the suspects forced entry into the establishment and had stolen over $1,000 in alcohol.
Ocean City Police are asking anyone with information about this incident, or the suspect(s) involved, to please contact the Ocean City Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 410-723-6604.
The Ocean City Police Department is mourning the loss of a member of the Patrol/Explosives Division, K-9 Delon. Delon, who recently turned eight, passed away on Tuesday, February 15, 2011, from a degenerative disk disorder in his spine. Delon came to the Ocean City Police Department in 2005 from the Czech Republic, at which time he became the loyal and courageous partner to Pfc. Freddie Howard. Delon spend over 1,000 devoted hours in training as the Ocean City Police Department’s only explosives K-9. Not only did he work with his Ocean City Police colleagues, but he also trained with Dover Air Force Base and the Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office. Delon conducted explosives detection work in Worcester, Wicomico and Sussex counties and his dedication to his work on patrol lead to several arrest in Ocean City. When Delon wasn’t searching for explosives or working patrol, he often participated in functions such as the Town of Ocean City’s Bonfire on the Beach, the Mayor’s Open House, National Night Out, the Citizen’s Police Academy and multiple demonstrations for local schools, summer camps and community oriented events. “Delon’s passing is a huge loss to the department and to the city,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino. “His love for his job and his commitment to his community will be remembered by many.” Delon’s hard work and loyalty to his colleagues and citizens of Ocean City will be cherished forever by the Ocean City Police Department.
The Ocean City Narcotics Unit was busy this week with the execution of two separate search and seizure warrants. The first, which took place on Sunday, February 6, 2011, in the 800 block of St. Louis Avenue, resulted in the arrest of four individuals. Trina Marie Bowers, 20, of Ocean City, Tyrone Mandela Finnikin, 20, of Ocean City, Leon Anthony Harvey, 25, of Ocean City and one juvenile, were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. They were seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and released on their own recognizance.
The second search and seizure warrant took place on Wednesday, February 9, 2011, where members of the OCPD Narcotics Unit, with assistance from the DEA and the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Enforcement Team, concluded a three month long heroin distribution investigation with the arrest of Lamont Marvin Smith, 22, of Ocean City. After executing the search warrant at Smith’s home on Jamestown Road, a total of 11 grams of heroin and a 2004 Ford Taurus were seized.
Smith was charged with three counts possession of controlled dangerous substance (CDS) and three counts of distribution of CDS. After being seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner, Smith was transferred to Worcester County Jail on a $250,000 bond.
The Ocean City Police Department recently arrested a man responsible for several residential burglaries in the Ocean City area that have taken place since November 2010. Acting on information from concerned citizens, detectives were informed of a suspect, who was later identified as William Keith Freeman, 25, of Ocean City.
On February 8, 2011, Ocean City Police served a search and seizure warrant on Freeman’s residence and vehicle and located several of the items reported stolen, including items stolen in the recent burglary of Bailey’s Pharmacy. In addition, Ocean City Police recovered items that had been reported stolen in burglaries being handled by the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation and the Delaware State Police.
Freeman was arrested by Ocean City Police and charged with first, second and fourth degree burglary, three counts of theft, malicious destruction of property, possession of controlled dangerous substance and possession of paraphernalia. After being seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner, Freeman was transferred to Worcester County Jail on a $50,000 bond.
Police are asking anyone with information concerning Freeman’s involvement in additional burglaries in Ocean City to contact the Ocean City Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 410.723.6604.
The Super Bowl is one of the largest and most viewed sporting events in the country and brings together families and friends to socialize and watch the big game. The Ocean City Police Department is reminding residents and visitors to act responsibly this Super Bowl Sunday by designating a sober driver.
In addition to being one of the most popular sporting events in America, Super Bowl Sunday has also become known to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other State and local law enforcement, as one of the nation’s most dangerous days on the roadways due to impaired driving. The Ocean City Police Department urges citizens to designate a sober driver, or use alternate forms of transportation, during Sunday’s big game.
The Ocean City Police Department has included a few tips to ensure that your Super Bowl Sunday is a safe one:
If you are hosting a Super Bowl party:
- Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers.
- Serve plenty of food and include lots of non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
- Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game and begin serving coffee and dessert.
- Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving while impaired.
If you are attending a Super Bowl party or watching at a sports bar or restaurant:
- Designate your sober driver before the party begins and give that person your car keys.
- Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself—eat enough food, take breaks and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.
- If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home or take advantage of Ocean City’s multiple forms of transportation by calling a cab or taking the bus.
- Never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while impaired. Remember, “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk and Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.”
- Don’t drive distracted. Even on Super Bowl Sunday it’s important to remember that it is against Maryland Law to talk on a cell phone unless using a hands-free device. Also, remember that it is illegal to text while driving, so don’t text your friends for the score until you arrive safely at your destination.
- Always buckle up– it’s still your best defense against other impaired drivers.
Ocean City Police are asking for the public’s assistance in apprehending a suspect who is wanted for charges that include fraud and failure to perform contract. Christopher Allen Tingen, 33, of Chestertown, Maryland is wanted in five different agencies in Marland and also by the Delaware State Police.
Tingen was recently living in the Ocean City area, but police believe he may be recently moved to his former address in Chestertown, Maryland. Ocean City Police ask anyone with knowledge of Tingen’s whereabouts to contact the Ocean City Police Department at 410.723.6610.