(Sept. 28, 2018) An early morning traffic stop that was prompted by a license plate reader alert last Saturday led to the arrest of two men suspected of stealing a car, according to the Ocean City Police Department.

Colin James Woodrow, 20, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, were charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, theft between $1,500 and $25,000 and driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle without a registered license and authorization. Tristan Johnson, 19, was charged with possession of an assisted opening knife.

An Ocean City Police Department license plate reader spotted a 2014 Honda Civic that had been reported stolen as it entered Ocean City from Route 50 at 6:55 a.m. on Saturday. Police stopped it on the 10 block of 45th Street.

Woodrow said he was traveling to Ocean City for a day trip and that his cousin was driving and had rented the car, according to the report. 

Police did not find a rental agreement in the car and found it was registered to another person. Police found an assisted-opening knife, and a clear plastic bag containing a greenish brown leafy vegetable matter, which was later identified as marijuana or THC, according to an officer on scene.

The vehicle’s owner said he noticed the car was missing around 5 p.m. on Sept. 20, according to the arrest report. He said it was parked outside his apartment complex in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

He added it wasn’t a rental car and he did not give anyone permission to use it.

The vehicle had an estimated value of $9,500, according to the arrest report.

A third passenger in the car was released at the scene, according to a spokesperson with the Ocean City Police Department.

It’s unclear if there was any bond or when their next court appearances will take place.

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