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OCPD: Man charged for stealing property from cars, selling items on phone app

OCEAN CITY, Md. - The Ocean City Police Department says an Ocean City man was arrested after investigators learned he was allegedly stealing items from cars and selling the stolen items on a phone app for posting classified advertisements.

Back in January, Ocean City Police began investigating an incident on Jamestown Road where items with an estimated value of $1,000 were stolen out of a vehicle.

In February, police say that officers discovered that the stolen items were reportedly being sold on an app that lets users post items for sale. Police say 34-year-old Justin L. Ehmcke was found to be the user posting the items. Police arrested Ehmcke on February 20th, charging him with theft less than $1,000 and possession of a concealed deadly weapon as he reportedly was carrying a knife during his arrest. He was released at the time on his own personal recognizance.

Now, Ocean City Police say that additional investigation has revealed Ehmcke's involvement in four other cases of stealing items from vehicles. Officers executed a search warrant of Ehmcke's residence and vehicle on March 31st, reportedly discovering additional property that was allegedly stolen.

Following the search, Ehmcke is additionally charged with one count of theft less than $10,000, three counts of theft less than $1,000 and one count of a theft scheme between $1,000 to $10,000. He was again released on personal recognizance, officials said. 


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