OCEAN CITY, MD – (April 4, 2017): The Ocean City Police Department has arrested an Ocean City man for multiple thefts from vehicles after learning that he was selling the stolen property on a popular classified ads phone app.
In early January 2017, officers responded to a report of a theft from a vehicle that had occurred on Jamestown Road. The victim reported that items valued at approximately $1,000 had been stolen from the vehicle. Approximately a month later, officers learned the stolen property was being sold on a classified ads phone application that allows users to buy and sell goods. The stolen property was listed by the suspect, Justin L. Ehmcke, 34, of Ocean City, MD.
Through investigation, officers were able to positively identify Ehmcke and recover the stolen property. Ehmcke was ultimately arrested on February 20. Officers located a knife on his person at the time of his arrest. Officers charged Ehmcke with theft of less than $1,000 and possession of a concealed deadly weapon. He was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and released on personal recognizance.
After additional investigation, officers obtained a search warrant for Ehmcke’s residence and a vehicle. Officers executed the search warrant on March 31 and located property from four additional theft from vehicle investigations.
Officers additionally charged Ehmcke with one count of theft of less than $10,000, three counts of theft of less than $1,000, and one count theft scheme of $1,000 to under $10,000. Ehmcke was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and was released on personal recognizance.