(Sept. 29, 2017) Ocean City Police charged two Delaware residents after they allegedly drove down to the resort and stole several cars with the help of two 15 year-old boys last month.
Tammy S. Gould, 40, of Dover, and Curtis L. Brown, 27, of Felton, turned themselves in to police on Sept. 19, weeks after the pair was charged with three counts of motor vehicle theft, theft $10,000 to under $100,000, and theft scheme $10,000 to under $100,000.
Gould was also charged with two counts of encouraging a child to commit a crime, as she allegedly brought her son and another teenager down from Dover to steal cars in Ocean City on Aug. 17.
The vehicles, a 2015 Jeep Cherokee, 2003 GMC Yukon and 2013 Chrysler 200, were stolen between Aug. 16 -18. The cars were parked on side streets between 87th and 94th streets, according to incident reports. In each case, there were no signs of forced entry and police believe the owners left the keys inside the vehicles.
All three vehicles were found in corn fields near Bowers Beach, Delaware.
Delaware State Police were later able to identify Gould, Brown and the teenagers, according to charging documents. Ocean City Police detectives were able to confirm via license plate reader that the group had come to Ocean City in a 2002 Ford Expedition on Aug. 17.
Ocean City Police and Delaware State Police detectives went to speak with Gould weeks later at her home in Dover. When they arrived, they found a cooler matching the description of one allegedly stolen out of the Yukon on her doorstep.
During an interview, Gould admitted that she drove the group down to Ocean City that night. She said that she waited with her daughter in the car while her 15-year-old son, his friend and Brown stole the vehicles.
Both teenagers corroborated Goulds interview, and added that she instructed them to get rid of the vehicles, according to charging documents.
Police later interviewed Brown, who is Goulds daughters boyfriend, at his home in Felton. He told them that the trio went car hopping or stealing items from unlocked cars, according to police reports. Brown drove the Jeep to his home in Felton, and abandoned it in a field in Bowers Beach the next day.
Gould and Brown were seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and both were issued a $10,000 bond. Gould was released after posting bond. Brown was transferred to the Worcester County Jail.
Detectives referred the two juvenile males to the Department of Juvenile Services for review.