(July 6, 2018) Benjamin Edward Giles Jr., 20, of Salisbury was charged last Monday with two counts each of first- and fourth-degree burglary, along with a pair of charges for theft under $1,500 for an alleged theft scheme at a mid-town hotel between June 16-17.
The first-degree burglary charges are felonies with potential jail sentences of up to 20 years, while the fourth-degree counts are misdemeanors with a maximum of three-years jail time.
On Sunday, June 17, police responded to reports of a theft that had occurred at a hotel in the 5500 clock of Coastal Highway.
Police said two men staying at the hotel between June 16 and June 17 claimed that a phone valued at just under $600 and a white Luis Vuitton belt and buckle valued at more than $700 went missing from their rooms.
The next day, police reviewed surveillance footage, which reportedly showed a man using a master key card entering a handful of rooms between June 15 and June 16.
Hotel staff said the suspect was not authorized to use the key card.
According to the police report, investigators eventually located a number of stolen items in two rooms. They also found Giles’ identification card, which matched the suspect’s description.
On June 19, Giles returned to the hotel to claim his possessions and was charged with trespass.
On Monday, an arrest warrant was issued for Giles who is being held without bail pending a preliminary trial on July 24 in Ocean City District Court.