In a cooperative investigation with the Maryland State Police, the Ocean City Police, and the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team, Ocean Pines Police have charged two individuals in a series of thefts from unlocked automobiles in Ocean Pines.
The investigation reveals that the suspects entered thirteen vehicles from Wednesday, Dec. 7 through Monday, Dec. 12.
Police charged Bennett Thomas McNeil, 3rd, 26, of Ocean City, and Jenna Leigh Vermillion, 24, of Ocean City, with two (2) counts of theft from $1,000 to $10,000; two (2) counts of theft less than $1,000; eight (8) counts of theft less than $100; twelve (12) counts of rogue and vagabond; one (1) count of theft scheme between $1,000 and $10,000; one (1) count of conspiracy to commit a theft scheme between $1,000 and $10,000.
McNeill and Vermillion were taken before a District Court Commissioner and are being held in the Worcester County Jail. Numerous stolen items in these cases have been recovered.
An active investigation is continuing with a series of thefts from autos in West Ocean City and Ocean City, in which McNeill and Vermillion are believed to have been involved.
For more information, contact Denise Sawyer, director of marketing and public relations for the Ocean Pines Association, at (410) 641-7717 ext. 3006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.