Monthly Archives: March 2013

OCPD Seizes Marijuana Plants & Production Equipment

Christopher Scott Smith

Christopher Scott Smith

On March 26, at approximately 6:00 p.m., Ocean City Police Narcotics Unit and Patrol Officers served a Search and Seizure Warrant on 311 Sunset Drive, in reference to the illegal distribution and manufacturing of controlled dangerous substances.

During the on-scene investigation detectives discovered approximately 104 individual Marijuana plants being grown in the unit. Investigators identified the primary suspect at the scene as Christopher Scott Smith, 39, of Ocean City. Ocean City Police seized various items of evidence including numerous pieces of equipment used in the production and growing of Marijuana plants.

Smith was arrested and charged with:
–          Manufacturing of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Marijuana)
–          Possession of Marijuana
–          Possession with intent to distribute Marijuana.

Smith is being held by the Ocean City Police Department pending an initial appearance before an Ocean City District Court Commissioner.

Project S.O.L.O. Results in 12 DUI Arrests for OCPD

The Ocean City Police Department took part in Project “Saving Our Loved Ones” (S.O.L.O.) over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.  Project S.O.L.O. is a statewide initiative to combat impaired driving and underage drinking to ultimately save lives and reduce roadway deaths.  Numerous officers were deployed during the initiative which resulted in 12 individuals being charged with driving under the influence, 2 criminal arrests, 3 alcohol citations, 13 equipment repair orders, 35 citations, and 77 warnings.

Citizens are reminded that officers are always patrolling the area for impaired drivers and are encouraged to utilize the many sober driving options available to them including the municipal bus service and private taxis.

For more information about Project SOLO, please contact PFC Michael Levy at 410-723-6665 or mlevy@oceancitymd.gov or Public Affairs Specialist Lindsay O’Neal at 410-520-5395 or loneal@oceancitymd.gov.

Burglary Suspect Arrested On Boardwalk

On March 16, 2013, at approximately 11:15 p.m. Ocean City Police responded to the

Jeffery Lynn King

Jeffery Lynn King

Comfort Inn hotel located at 507 Atlantic Avenue, in reference to a burglary and theft of an off duty police officers handgun.

Officer arrived at the scene and met with the victim who was identified as an off-duty federal law enforcement officer who was staying in the hotel over the weekend.  The victim related that he had left the hotel room and returned to discover his off-duty .40 caliber handgun and several items of personal property were missing and believed stolen.

During the on-scene investigation, police were able to view the hotel video surveillance system which further helped identified a suspect.  The description of the suspect was broadcast to other police officers in the area. 

Within 30 minutes of the initial report of the theft, officers located a suspect at 8th Street and the boardwalk.  Officers detained the suspect who was identified as Jeffery Lynn King, 19, of Bridgeville Delaware.  Police recovered a loaded .40 caliber handgun from King’s waist band, which they subsequently confirmed was the stolen handgun. 

Additionally officers recovered several items of property belonging to the victim, which were stolen during the burglary of the hotel room. It was determined that King fired the handgun in the hotel room during the burglary.

King was arrested and charged as follows:

  • 1st Degree Burglary
  • 3rd Degree Burglary
  • 4th Degree Burglary
  • Possession of a Handgun
  • Reckless Endangerment $1000.00
  • Discharging a Firearm within Ocean City

King, who also had an outstanding juvenile warrant from Wicomico County, was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and was held on $100,000.00 bond.  King was transferred to the Worcester County Jail.

Citizens Observations Leads to Arrest of a Wanted Fugitive

On March 10, 2013, at approximately 12:28 a.m. Ocean City Police received a call

Matthew Jacob Bullen

Matthew Jacob Bullen

in reference to a suspicious person being spotted in the area of Teal Drive. The caller, who was identified as Maryland State Senator James Mathias, advised that he observed a male subject acting suspiciously and remained on the phone observing the location of the suspicious person until police arrived.

Responding officers quickly located the suspect in an alleyway off Teal Drive. The suspect was identified as Matthew Jacob Bullen, 21, of Pasadena, Maryland. While speaking to Bullen, officers noticed a woman’s bracelet with sales tag still attached fall from Bullen’s pocket. Officers also determined that Bullen had an active arrest warrant in Anne Arundel County, MD, for prescription drug fraud and other charges.

Further investigation revealed that three vehicles in the area had been broken into and that Bullen was in possession of items taken from those vehicles. Bullen was arrested and charged by the Ocean City Police with theft under $100, theft under $1,000 and willful motor vehicle tampering without owner’s consent.

Bullen was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and held on $5000 bond regarding the Ocean City charges, and $10,000 bond for the outstanding Ann Arundel County warrant. He was then transferred to the Worcester County Jail.

“This is a classic example of how police and the community can work together to solve and deter crime in our neighborhoods,” said Acting Police Chief Michael Colbert. “The Ocean City Police Department continues to encourage citizens to practice pro-active crime prevention by calling police when they see suspicious persons, or circumstances.”

Citizens are reminded to lock their vehicles when parked and to secure any valuables out of plain view. The Ocean City Police Department supports citizens being active in Neighborhood Watch and other crime prevention programs. For more information on how you can become involved, contact the Ocean City Police Departments Public Affairs Office at 410-723-6665 or 410-520-5395 or visit us at:www.oceancitymd.gov/police.

UPDATE: Ocean City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Traffic Information

The Ocean City Police Department is reminding citizens to expect traffic delays this St. Patrick’s Day, as the Delmarva Irish-American Club host their 32nd Annual Parade and Festival. The tradition, which has become one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parades in the state, will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2013, and begins at 12 noon at 58th Street and marches south on Coastal Highway to the 45th Street Shopping Center.

In order to offer an ample amount of space for the parade’s participating floats, bands and motorized units, southbound traffic will be reduced to one lane from 62nd Street to 43rd Street. Northbound traffic will remain open, however, no left turns or U-turns will be allowed along the parade route from the northbound lane including 62nd Street.

Residents and visitors will see traffic delays on southbound Coastal Highway as early as 9 a.m. and should expect congestion until after 2 p.m. To avoid traffic delays, viewers and visitors are urged to arrive before 10:30 a.m. and to view the parade from 58th Street south to 45th Street. Ocean City Police are highly recommending motorists entering the Town of Ocean City to use Maryland Route 50, as traffic is not expected to be as heavy.

In addition, heavy pedestrian traffic is also expected along the parade route and in surrounding areas. Pedestrians are encouraged to use the crosswalk and cross with caution.

Town of Ocean City Continues to Monitor Strong Winter Storm

Ocean City Emergency Services is continuing to monitor the path of a strong winter storm.  The winter storm is currently impacting the Ocean City area and will continue to have heavy rain and sustained winds of 35 to 40 mph gusting in excess of 50 mph.  Approximately two inches of rain are likely into the evening hours of Wednesday, March 6, and is projected to last through Thursday, March 7.  The storm is forecasted to have the rain changing to snow sometime Wednesday evening into early Thursday morning.  Snow accumulations in the coastal areas of one inch or less are expected.  The next high tide for Ocean City is this afternoon at approximately 2:30 p.m. and Thursday morning at approximately 3:20 a.m.  Due to high tide cycles and north east winds moderate flooding and some beach erosion is expected.   

During the storm, the Town of Ocean City will be posting storm related information on various websites, social media outlets and through the GovDelivery system.  In an effort to keep citizens informed with the most updated and accurate information, the Town of Ocean City will be posting storm related information on the following outlets:

  • Town of Ocean City Alerts via GovDelivery:  subscribe to GovDelivery, visit the “City Wide Alerts” tab on the Town of Ocean City’s website at http://oceancitymd.gov.
  • Town of Ocean City Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TownOfOceanCity
  • Town of Ocean City Twitter: @townofoceancity
  • Town of Ocean City Access Channels 4 & 15
  • Emergency Management Hotline: 410-723-6666
  • Town of Ocean City website:  www.oceancitymd.gov
  • AM 1670 Advisory Radio Station
  • Emergency Operation Center non-emergency number: 410-520-5281

Throughout the storm, the Town of Ocean City’s Emergency Services personnel will be working closely with local and state representatives to provide citizens with timely, accurate and essential information.  The Town of Ocean City encourages residents and business owners to begin to prepare for any impact the winter storm may have on Ocean City.   For more information regarding winter storm preparedness, please visit: http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather .

Town of Ocean City Monitoring Path of a Strong Winter Storm

Ocean City Emergency Services is monitoring the projected path of a strong winter storm.  Currently, the storm is expected to be in the Ocean City area during the evening hours of Tuesday, March 5, and is projected to last through Thursday, March 7.  The storm is forecasted to have sustained winds of 30 to 35 mph gusting to over 50 mph; one to two inches of rain are likely.  The rain is expected to change to snow sometime late Wednesday into early Thursday morning.  Snow accumulations of one inch or less are expected.  Due to high tide cycles and north east winds moderate flooding and some beach erosion is expected. 

During the storm, the Town of Ocean City will be posting storm related information on various websites, social media outlets and through the GovDelivery system.  In an effort to keep citizens informed with the most updated and accurate information, the Town of Ocean City will be posting storm related information on the following outlets:

  • Town of Ocean City Alerts via GovDelivery:  subscribe to GovDelivery, visit the “City Wide Alerts” tab on the Town of Ocean City’s website at http://oceancitymd.gov.
  • Town of Ocean City Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TownOfOceanCity
  • Town of Ocean City Twitter: @townofoceancity
  • Town of Ocean City Access Channels 4 & 15
  • Emergency Management Hotline: 410-723-6666
  • Town of Ocean City website:  www.oceancitymd.gov
  • AM 1670 Advisory Radio Station

Throughout the storm, the Town of Ocean City’s Emergency Services personnel will be working closely with local and state representatives to provide citizens with timely, accurate and essential information.  The Town of Ocean City encourages residents and business owners to begin to prepare for any impact the winter storm may have on Ocean City.   For more information regarding winter storm preparedness, please visit: http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather.

Telephone Sweepstakes Scam Alert

The Ocean City Police Department is investigating a series of telephone scams involving fraudulent sweepstakes.   The scam, which targets an un-suspecting victim, is perpetrated by calling the victim and advising them that they have won a sweepstakes.  The victim is instructed in order to receive the large sweepstakes prize they must go to a convenience store or drug store and purchase either a Green Dot, Money Pac Reload Card for a certain amount of money usually between $200.00 and $500.00. Once the victim has purchased the card they are instructed to contact the scammer who is pretending to be a sweepstakes representative who will process the winning claim.  The victim is asked to provide the Green Dot, Money Pac Reload Card information over the telephone as a means of verification the victim has actually completed the task.

The result of this is that the scammer will use the information provided by the victim to redeem the value of the card that was purchased and the victim will be out the money.

The Ocean City Police Department is reminding citizens that legitimate sweepstakes require that you enter to win; if you did not enter a sweepstakes, you should not be named as a winner.  Legitimate sweepstakes will not ask you for a “processing fee” and federal and state taxes are usually deducted from the sum total of the winning amount prior to the sweepstakes winner receiving the final pay out.

Citizens should never provide personal information including social security numbers, birth dates, passwords or home addresses to unknown “businesses or individuals.  Also, never give out banking information or credit card account numbers over the phone to persons or businesses you cannot verify as legitimate.  

Criminals can take advantage of us when we are at our most vulnerable.  By practicing a few easy proactive measures and reporting these types of scams, citizens can make it tough for criminals to take advantage of you.  Never make on-line or telephone transactions with credit cards that are directly linked to your checking/savings or money market accounts.  In addition, bank and credit card accounts should be routinely monitored for suspicious and unauthorized transactions.

If you feel someone has attempted to scam you or you have been the victim of a scam or there is unauthorized activity occurring on any of your financial accounts (bank or credit) immediately contact your financial institution and report the issue.  If you are the victim of a theft report the theft to your local law enforcement agency.