Daily Archives: March 20, 2012

OCPD SEEKING THEFT SUSPECTS’ IDENTITY

On March 17, 2012 at approximately 4 p.m., Ocean City Police responded to the Wine Rack, located at 8501 Coastal Highway, in reference to a theft.

The manager of the Wine Rack advised that a bank bag containing a large amount of money was stolen from the Wine Rack.  The money was in a blue colored bank bag in the back office of the Wine Rack.  The Wine Rack’s video surveillance system captured the suspect taking the bag. 

The OCPD has recovered video surveillance footage of the suspect committing the crime as well as several still images. 

Clip number 1 – Shows one of the unidentified suspects entering the office and stealing the blue bank bag containing the money.

The subsequent investigation has revealed a total of four suspects working together to steal the bank bag.  The suspects are described as follows:

SUSPECT 1: black male, medium build, wearing a knee length black colored coat, light blue knit hat, black shoes, bracelet on right wrist, blue jeans with designer torn knees.

SUSPECT 2: black male, medium build wearing a light grey sweatshirt, blue jeans and light colored boonie/fisherman’s hat.    

SUSPECT 3: black male, medium build, short cropped hair cut, wearing blue jeans, dark colored jacket.

SUSPECT 4: black male, yellow construction hardhat, black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, yellow safety reflective vest.

Wine Rack Suspects and Suspect Vehicle Images

Wine Rack Suspects and Suspect Vehicle Images

The suspects were seen leaving the scene in the following vehicle describe as a: tan or gold colored older model four door passenger vehicle.

Clip number 2 – Shows the suspects’ vehicle as well as one of the suspects in the front parking lot of the Wine Rack just prior to the theft.

 The OCPD is asking anyone with information related to this crime or the identity of the suspect, to contact the OCPD Criminal Investigation Division Detective Todd Speigle at: 410-520-5353 or 410-723-6604 or Detective Speigle directly by email: tspeigle@oceancitymd.gov

You do not have to leave your name.

OCEAN CITY POLICE WARNING CITIZENS OF OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUG

The Ocean City Police Department is warning citizens of an over-the-counter cold medicine which has become a popular drug for juveniles and young adults. The medicine, known as coricidin or chlorpheniramine, is taken orally to treat the common cold. Also known as Dextromethorphan (or “DXM”), coricidin is a cough-suppressing ingredient in a variety of cold medications.  Depending on the dose, DXM’s effects may vary. 

Dextromethorphan is a safe and effective cough suppressant when used as indicated on the product label. However, when taken in doses that far exceed the amount recommended, the ingredient may produce feelings of euphoria that some seek to get “high.” A teenager looking to get high or experiment with drugs may turn to over-the -counter cough and cold preparations that contain dextromethorphan because they are readily available at home or the local drug store. Dextromethorphan can also be purchased in a bulk powder form on the Internet. Some websites encourage teenagers to abuse dextromethorphan and actually offer “recipes” for the best way to achieve a high.

The misuse of the drug creates both depressant and mild hallucinogenic effects.  Users report a set of distinct dose-dependent “plateaus” ranging from a mild stimulant effect with distorted visual perceptions at low doses to a sense of complete disassociation from one’s body. If a child consumes large doses of a product containing dextromethorphan, it may cause a number of adverse effects, including impaired judgment and mental performance, loss of coordination, dizziness, nausea, hot flashes, disassociation and hallucinations.

Parents should be concerned if you notice that your child is taking excessive amounts of a cold and flu remedy, or if he or she continues to take medicine even after symptoms have subsided. Likewise, if cough and cold medications seem to disappear from the medicine cabinet or if you find packages of cough and cold preparations in the child’s room or backpack, he or she may be abusing the product.

In order to help prevent the abuse of dextromethorphan, parents should be mindful of children who are using medication outside of cold and flu season.  In addition, check and frequently inventory your medicine cabinets, monitor your child’s internet use and talk to your kids about drug abuse.  Additional prevention techniques include knowing your child’s friends and their parents and monitoring your child’s outside activities and whereabouts.

For more information, please visit www.naddi.org, www.dfaf.org and www.theantidrug.com.