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(Nov. 30, 2018) Two men accused of stealing TVs and burglarizing seasonal hotels were arrested last week at a home on 32nd Street, the Ocean City Police Department said.

Paul J. Kelly III, 31, of Ocean City, Kelly was charged with fourth-degree burglary, malicious destruction of property, theft of $100 to less than $1,500, theft of $1,500 to less than $25,000, two counts of first-degree burglary, and two counts of second-degree burglary, according to police. He’s being held on a $20,000 bond at the Worcester County Jail.

James T. Eckenrod, 44, of Ocean City was charged with two counts of theft of $100 less than $1,500, and was released on his personal recognizance, police said. 

Police went to a hotel on Nov. 14 near 29th Street and Baltimore Avenue in reference to a burglary. Suspects were accused of stealing TVs from rooms around 5:45 a.m. on Nov. 12.

Police then obtained a warrant to search the home on 32nd Street and found numerous items previously reported stolen, including televisions and bicycles. It’s unclear which suspects’ home was searched. 

Police went to another hotel on 45th Street while serving the previous warrant, and received reports of stolen TVs. The hotel’s descriptions of the TVs matched those at the suspects’ home, police said.

The aforementioned hotels were closed during the off-season, according to police.

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