(July 12, 2019) Albert Purdy, 40, of Ocean City, has a history of not showing up for trial in Worcester County, so it might not have been a huge surprise when he failed to appear for trial on theft charges at the Circuit Court for Worcester County in Snow Hill on Tuesday.
Purdy was charged with six misdemeanor thefts of between $100-$1,500, and one count of felony theft of between $1,500-under $25,000.
The victim of the theft scheme was Entertainment Experts, a company in Baltimore that owns coin-vending machines.
Worcester County State’s Attorney Kris Heiser said the thefts occurred from these coin machines at several businesses in Ocean City that had them on site to make change for customers.
The locations of these thefts were quite random. Purdy’s schemes were peppered in between areas as far north as St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, and as far south as 17th Street.
In 2008, Purdy was charged for driving under the influence and failed to appear in a trial the next year.
In 2018, he was charged for driving on a suspended license, and again failed to appear for his trial the following year.
Purdy committed the theft schemes in 2018, beginning around August. A warrant was issued for Purdy following his most recent no-show and police have orders to arrest him on sight.