During the month of August,Ocean City patrol officers were investigating several reported burglaries, which had occurred on the ocean side of the midtown area. During the investigation officers recovered a phone number belonging to the possible suspect.
OCPD detectives were brought into the investigation and determined the suspect to be William Troy Stodghill, 48, of Pittsville, Maryland. Stodghill was already wanted for failure to appear in Circuit Court for an unrelated burglary case.
During the daytime hours of September 7, patrol officers responded to another reported burglary at 7103 Atlantic Avenue. During this investigation patrol officers were able to track a stolen “IPad” via a cellular data signal being transmitted by the stolen item. OCPD patrol officers and detectives eventually located Stodghill in West Ocean City in possession of this recently stolen property.
Stodghill was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in Maryland Circuit Court and the burglary at 7103 Atlantic Avenue.
Further investigation led OCPD detectives with the assistance of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Department, to serve a search and seizure warrant at Stodghill’s residence in Pittsville. As a result, police have recovered multiple pieces of evidence linking Stodghill to as many as four additional Ocean City residential burglaries.
Because of the coordinated investigation by OCPD uniformed patrol officers and detectives, investigators expect to clear at least six residential burglaries.
Stodghill was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and is currently being held on the outstanding Maryland Circuit Court burglary warrant as well as $25,000 bond for the burglary at 7103 Atlantic Avenue. Stodghill was transferred to the Worcester County Jail.
Anyone who feels they may have been the victim of a burglary in the midtown area or has any additional information regarding this suspect’s criminal activities is asked to contact Ocean City Police Detective Todd Speigle at 410-723-6604.