Three Charged In Boat Theft

Three Charged In Boat Theft
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WEST OCEAN CITY — Three men were charged with swiping a boat from a West Ocean City marina on Monday after Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) were able to track them down.

NRP officer arrested three men, identified as Michael Brandon Swartz, 22, of Davidsonville, Ryan Frederick Thompson, 21, of Mount Airy, and Thomas Andrew Tyler, 22, of Woodbine, on Monday in Ocean City and charged them with theft of a boat from Sunset Marina. After receiving a call regarding the stolen boat, NRP officers intercepted the vessel, a 35-foot Bertram out of Annapolis, at about 6:15 p.m. on Monday and determined the three suspects were authorized to be onboard.

Swartz, Thompson and Tyler were each charged with theft and unlawful taking of a motorized vehicle, offenses which are punishable by up to 15 years in prison and fines totaling $20,000. Swartz was held at the Worcester County Jail on a $15,000 bond. Thompson and Tyler were each released on $50,000 bonds.

Video Games Swiped

BERLIN — A Berlin man was arrested on theft and drug charges last week after allegedly swiping nearly two dozen video games from the Wal-Mart on Route 50 before being found hiding in his vehicle.

Just before 6 p.m. last Monday, Worcester County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Wal-Mart on Route 50 for a theft complaint. Upon arrival, deputies located the suspect, later identified as Michael James Swader II, 20, of Pasadena, hiding in his vehicle in the parking lot. The investigation revealed Swader had allegedly stolen 23 Wii game controllers over a one week period from August 23 to August 31. The total value of the game controllers was estimated at over $1,200.

A search of Swader’s vehicle revealed drug paraphernalia including hypodermic needles. Swader was arrested and charged with theft from $1,000 to $10,000, theft scheme from $1,000 to $10,000 and possession of paraphernalia. He was taken before a District Court Commissioner and was held on a $5,000 bond.

Family Observes Beach Sex

OCEAN CITY —  A New York couple was arrested on indecent exposure and disorderly conduct charges last weekend after being observed allegedly having sex on the beach by a mother and her two children.

Shortly after 11 p.m. last Sunday, an OCPD officer on bicycle patrol in the area of the Boardwalk and 5th Street was flagged down by a concerned citizen who told police she was walking on the beach with her two children, a 13-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy, in the area of 5th Street. The witness told police she was walking with her children on the beach when she observed a man and a woman having sexual intercourse in front of a lifeguard stand.

The witness told police she and her children observed the half-dressed female and observed the male’s private parts. According to police reports, the witness was incredibly disturbed by the activities because it allegedly occurred right in front of her young children. The witness directed the officer to the location and the two suspects were still in the area.

The officer responded to the scene and observed the couple, later identified as James Kierans, 23, of Lindenhurst, N.Y., and Melissa Irwin, 23, of New York, N.Y., still engaged in the illicit activity. According to the police report, neither party accepted responsibility for their actions, nor did they express any feelings of remorse. The witness was brought over and positively identified the suspects.

Based on the evidence and witness testimony, both suspect were arrested and charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct. While they were being escorted off the beach, Kierans in particular remained defiant and uncooperative, yelling obscenities at the arresting officers within earshot of hundreds of passersby on the Boardwalk.

Assault Arrest

OCEAN CITY — A Pennsylvania man was arrested on assault and weapons charges last weekend after allegedly attacking his girlfriend and threatening her with a knife at a downtown Ocean City hotel.

Around 11:30 p.m. last Saturday, an OCPD officer responded to the Days Inn at 22nd Street for a reported domestic assault. The officer met with the victim who had visible signs of injury including a bruised and swollen forearm and a laceration that was bleeding. The victim told police she had been in an argument with her boyfriend, identified as Joshua Tierno, 30, of Greensburg, Pa.

The victim told police Tierno became aggressive during the argument and pushed and shoved her before holding her down. The victim threatened to call the police and Tierno fled the scene. The victim provided the officer with a description of Tierno’s vehicle and also told police he was in possession of knives in the vehicle.

A description of Tierno’s vehicle was broadcasted and it was located a short time later near 18th Street and Philadelphia Ave. The officer who pulled over Tierno observed a knife and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle including a metal, fixed-blade knife from the driver’s side door map pocket directly next to where Tierno was seated.

Tierno was arrested and charged with second-degree assault and possession of a deadly weapon. A search of Tierno revealed a glass smoking device with marijuana residue in it and addition drug charges were added.

Speeding Stop Nets Weed

BERLIN — A New York man was arrested on marijuana possession charges last weekend after getting clocked going 76 miles per hour in a 50 mph zone down Route 611 toward Assateague.

Around 2:30 a.m. last Saturday, a Worcester County Sheriff’s deputy was patrolling in the area of Route 611 and Porfin Drive and observed a black SUV heading south going 76 miles per hour in a 50 mph zone. The deputy stopped the vehicle and during a probable cause search, marijuana totaling over 10 grams was discovered.

The driver, identified as Eric Cirincione, 24, of Staten Island, N.Y. was charged with possession of marijuana over 10 grams and related traffic offenses. Cirincione was taken before a District Court Commissioner and was released on personal recognizance pending trial.

18 Months For Break-in

OCEAN CITY — An Ocean City man arrested in February on burglary and other charges after his fingerprints connected him to a residential break-in in the resort in 2013 pleaded guilty this week and was sentenced to seven years, all but 18 months of which were then suspended.

In May 2013, Ocean City Police responded to a residence on 143rd Street for a reported burglary. The victim told police he was last at the residence on May 17, but when he returned on May 24, he observed it had been broken into. The victim told police the front door had been forced open.

The officer observed damage to the front door frame and locking mechanism. The victim reported several bottles of liquor had been stolen from a cabinet in the kitchen area and that six to eight cans of beer and a frozen pizza had been stolen from the refrigerator. The estimated cost of the stolen goods was around $80 and the damage to the front door was estimated at around $200.

Fingerprints were recovered on a section of the broken door frame. Last week, the Maryland State Police Crime Lab notified the fingerprints collected from the broken door frame were matched to the known fingerprints of Justin McCargo, 26, of Ocean City. In February, an OCPD detective located McCargo at a residence on 82nd Street and took him into custody. He was charged with first-degree burglary, theft and malicious destruction of property.

On Tuesday, McCargo pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary and was sentenced to seven years. All but 18 months of the sentence was then suspended. McCargo was also placed on supervised probation for three years upon his release.