T.E.A.P Program Leads to the Recovery of a Stolen Vehicle
OCEAN CITY, MD – (May 17, 2021): On May 16, 2021, officers were on patrol in the downtown area when they noticed a vehicle parked in a private parking area for a downtown hotel that was currently closed. The car was parked directly in front of an Ocean City Police Trespass Enforcement Authorization Program (T.E.A.P) sign. The T.E.A.P signs state no trespassing.
Officers also observed two individuals asleep inside the vehicle. During the course of the investigation, officers learned that the vehicle was reported stolen in Delaware. Additionally, the driver of the vehicle, Brian Cirwithian, had an active warrant through Delaware for his arrest for a separate case. As a result, both individuals were arrested for various charges, including possessing the stolen motor vehicle.
The following individuals have been arrested for their involvement in this incident:
- Brian Keith Cirwithian, 20, Wilmington, DE, was charged with motor vehicle/unlawful taking, trespass-posted property, and a fugitive warrant for violation of probation out of Delaware. A Maryland District Court Commissioner saw Cirwithian where he was held without bond for the fugitive warrant and given a $5,000 unsecured bond for the charges from the Ocean City Police Department.
- Tahlib Khlil Saeed Watson, 22, Wilmington, DE, — motor vehicle/unlawful taking, and trespass-posted property. Watson was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.
The Town of Ocean City offers the Trespass Enforcement Authorization Program (T.E.A.P) to businesses and property owners/managers whose business does not stay open 24/7/365. The program allows officers from the Ocean City Police Department to effectively and efficiently address peace and good order issues on private property, such as trespassing laws on the participating properties. This is especially important during nighttime hours when contacting owners and managers is inherently problematic and inconvenient. If you are interested in signing up for the T.E.A.P program, please visit: https://oceancitymd.gov/pdf/TEAP.pdf to complete the required forms.