(December 3, 2013) – Beginning in July 2013 through November 2013, Ocean City Police received several reports involving thefts of empty beer kegs from bars and restaurants in the north end of Ocean City. The empty kegs were stolen from the rear of each bar and restaurant that was victimized.
During the investigation, officers made contact with Rehoboth Beach Police Department detectives who shared information about similar reports from bars and restaurants in Rehoboth Beach. Together with Rehoboth Beach police, officers were able to determine that the suspect, Jason J. Wilz, 33, of Millsboro, DE, committed the thefts in both areas.
Wilz has been charged by Ocean City police with second and fourth degree burglary, two counts of theft ($1,000-$10,000), two counts of theft scheme ($1,000-$10,000) and three counts of theft under $1,000. Wilz is currently in custody at Sussex Correctional Institute in Georgetown, DE, for similar charges from Rehoboth Beach police.
Ocean City police would like to remind our local bars and restaurants to take the proper precautions with empty beer kegs. Owners are reminded to secure the kegs by putting them in a locked cage, using a chain or keeping them in a secure location within the establishment to avoid becoming a victim.