(November 21, 2013) – On November 20, 2013, at approximately 10:00 a.m., Ocean City police responded to the area of Baltimore Avenue and 1st Street for a report of a burglary. The victim reported that the suspect had entered his room, a nearby office space and another room of the hotel and had stolen numerous items.
During the investigation, Ocean City Communications broadcast a description of the suspect over police radio. Shortly after the broadcast, the suspect, who was later identified as Donovan Smith, 46, of Ocean City, was spotted in West Ocean City. Police responded to the area and arrested Smith without incident.
Ocean City police have charged Smith with multiple counts of breaking and entering and theft. Smith was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and transferred to Worcester County Jail on $50,000 bond.
(November 20, 2013) –With Thanksgiving right around the corner, people will soon flock to the roads to visit and celebrate with family and friends. The Ocean City Police Department reminds all travelers, whether they are heading across the country or just across town, to ensure a safe arrival and a happy holiday by buckling up for every trip, every time.
“The risk of being involved in a serious or deadly car crash increases when the number of cars on the road increases, and the long Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year,” said Chief Ross Buzzuro. “So we want to remind everyone that your seat belts can save your life – and those you are traveling with.”
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers is reduced by 45 percent and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent with proper seat belt use.
During the 2011 Thanksgiving period, 249 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes nationwide. Fifty percent of those killed were not wearing seat belts.
In 2011, 52 percent of the 21,253 passenger vehicle occupants killed in motor vehicle crashes were NOT wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
Chief Buzzuro continued, “We want to remind everyone who will be on the roads to please buckle up – Every Trip, Every Time – so you can give thanks this holiday season and enjoy the time with your loved ones.”
Timothy Lee Parks
(November 18, 2013) – On November 15, 2013 at approximately 10 a.m., Ocean City police conducted a traffic stop on Coastal Highway near 112th Street. The vehicle operator, later identified as Timothy Lee Parks, 23, of Berlin, MD, was found to be in possession of trace amounts of marijuana and approximately 50 hats, all of which still had price tags attached.
Further investigation by officers on the scene determined that Parks had stolen the hats from his place of employment over several months.
Parks was arrested and charged by Ocean City police with three counts of theft (less than $100), theft scheme ($1,000 – $10,000) and possession of marijuana (less than 10 grams). Parks was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and released on his own recognizance.
(November 7, 2013) – The Ocean City Police Department is warning citizens of a current telephone scam targeting local Delmarva Power customers, particularly businesses. The scammer will claim to be calling from the Delmarva Power “Disconnection Center”.
The scammer will explain that the victim’s power would be shut off unless a past due balance was paid. Victims are then instructed to buy a Greendot MoneyPak card and add the past due amount onto the card or asked to provide a credit card number.
Citizens are reminded that Delmarva Power will not contact customers about late payments until first notifying the customer by mail.
Citizens with information are asked to contact the Ocean City Police Department at 410-723-6610.
(November 7, 2013) – The Ocean City Police Department is warning citizens of a current mail scam targeting Ocean City area organizations involving the delivery of “non-ordered” cell phones.
These local organizations reported to have received packages delivered by UPS or Federal Express. These packages contained several cell phones which were not ordered by the victim. Shortly after the package arrived, victims reported receiving a telephone call from the scammer who identifies herself as an employee of Verizon.
The scammer will then give instructions on what to do with the box of cell phones, often times requesting that the box be returned to the delivery company with instructions to forward the box to a different location. The scammer further states that the phones were sent to the address by accident.
Citizens with information regarding this scam are asked to contact Detective James Rodriguez of the OCPD Criminal Investigation Division, Major Crimes Unit at 410-520-5347 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(November 6, 2013) – On November 4, 2013 at approximately 4 a.m., Ocean City police responded to the area of 110th Street in reference to a citizen’s report of the sound of a “gunshot.” Upon arrival, officers noticed damage to a vehicle in the parking lot.
During the initial investigation, officers were quickly able to identify that the possible source of the damage to the vehicle came from the 10th floor of the nearby condo building. Officers requested to enter the unit which was occupied by four juvenile males, all of Salisbury, MD and one juvenile female of Berlin, MD. During a search of the unit, officers recovered numerous improvised destructive devices and additional manufacturing materials. These devices were homemade and constructed using water bottles, tin foil and drain cleaner. Officers also recovered marijuana, prescription pills and drug paraphernalia in the unit.
Ocean City police charged each of the juveniles with manufacturing and possession of a destructive device. In addition, a 14-year-old male has been charged with malicious destruction of property under $500 and possession of drug paraphernalia, a 16-year-old male with possession of drug paraphernalia, and a 16-year-old female with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
A referral was made to the Department of Juvenile Services who ultimately authorized the release of each juvenile to their parents.
(November 5, 2013) – On November 2, 2013 at approximately 4:15 p.m. Ocean City police responded to the area of S. Ocean Drive in reference to a suspected burglary. Officers entered the residence and observed a male, later identified as Cody Lee Figiel, 21, of Centreville, MD, asleep in the home. Figiel was taken into custody without incident.
Figiel was also the suspect in a burglary incident that was reported on October 25 at another residence in the S. Ocean Drive area. When police responded on October 25, the complainant advised officers that an unknown vehicle, a GMC Acadia, was parked in the driveway. This vehicle was confirmed to be stolen out of Queen Anne’s County and a warrant was issued by the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Department for Figiel’s arrest as a result.
Figiel was charged by Ocean City police with multiple counts of burglary and theft in addition to the numerous motor vehicle theft charges made by the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Department. Figiel was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and transferred to the Worcester County Jail without bond pending a bail review.