UPDATE: Md. couple charged in connection to several valve thefts in Ocean City
A Maryland couple is facing multiple charges, after police say they were responsible for stealing several brass valves, in Ocean City. The valves apparently assist fire personnel in adequately providing water through multiple levels of a building.
The Ocean City Police Department says on December 2, officers began investigating the theft of a standpipe valve, after a person reported suspicious behavior of two people in a white work van who claimed to be working on the condominium's sprinkler system. Police say the suspicious individuals fled the area after the person confronted them. The caller was apparently able to record a partial license plate number of the van.
According to the report, later that evening, officers encountered the vehicle and the suspects who were identified as 37-year-old John Hurley and 36-year-old Amy Logsdon, both of Taneytown, MD. Authorities say the vehicle, Hurley and Logsdon, matched the description of the standpipe valve theft. At that point, officers approached Hurley and began a probable cause search of the van. Ocean City PD says they found 10 brass standpipe valves, a brass fire hose valve and multiple tools.
Police report that they were assisted by the Ocean City Fire Marshal's Office in search dozens of properties to identify victims of theft. Law enforcement says they determined that seven locations throughout Ocean City were victims of the theft, with a total of 23 valves that were stolen.
Hurley and Logsdon were charged with 19 counts of theft, malicious destruction of property, and fourth degree burglary.