A SUSPECT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED IN MIDTOWN GRAFFITI CASE
Ocean City, MD- (February 13, 2023): The Ocean City Police Department has identified the suspect associated with a series of graffiti taggings discovered in the area of 33rd Street that occurred during the evening hours of January 18, 2023. The suspect has been identified as a 17-year-old juvenile male from Bishopville, Maryland.
On January 19, 2023, officers were dispatched to a hotel in the 33rd Street area in reference to a malicious description of a property call. Graffiti had been spray painted in several spots of the property. During the investigation, officers located matching graffiti at a nearby business. Officers were able to work with local businesses to review video footage which provided officers with a description of the suspect and vehicle involved. Officers learned that a similar graffiti incident had occurred in Worcester County involving the same suspect.
Officers conducted a detailed investigation and were able to identify the suspect involved. Since the suspect is a juvenile, this case has been referred to the Department of Juvenile Services for charges and restitution.
Graffiti cases can often be overlooked and quickly covered by property owners. However, these cases can cause hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of damage to private and public property. The Ocean City Police Department encourages our business and residential community to report any incidents of graffiti to our department. In addition, you can report graffiti incidents online to the Public Works Department at https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/departments/public-works/report-graffiti/