OCEAN CITY, MD. (May 20, 2015) – Modern day bank robbers don’t need to hold up the banks when the banks take their money and leave it unguarded inside of metal boxes parked in parking lots. Just like bank robbers of old, the James Brothers, Ma Barker and her gang and Willie Sutton, the cops say the crime scene at the chief Maryland beach resort is officially open for the season with an open-air bank robbery.
Two Pennsylvania teens decided to go to Ocean City, perhaps to earn money for college or additional body piercings and tattoos. Take your pick. Ocean City Police report that the extra effort working the midnight banking supply route to earn money by stealing it didn’t work out the way the alleged dirtbag criminals intended as they were caught red-handed.
The two teens were arrested on Saturday after stealing an ATM from a downtown parking lot.
On Saturday, May 16, 2015, at approximately 4 a.m. Ocean City police responded to the area of Somerset Street and Baltimore Avenue in reference to a theft in progress. When officers arrived, they witnessed the suspects leave the area with a very large object in the back seat of their vehicle and a rear door of the vehicle forced open.
Officers stopped the vehicle on Somerset Street and discovered that the object in the back seat was an ATM that had been stolen from a nearby parking lot. The driver and passenger of the vehicle, Austin H. Emerick, 19, of 1549 Manor Blvd. Lancaster, PA, and a 17-year-old male of Millersville, PA, were then arrested for theft. During a search of the vehicle, officers located a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Emerick and the 17-year-old juvenile were charged with theft of $10,000 to $100,000, malicious destruction and fourth degree burglary. Emerick was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and released on $10,000 unsecured bond. The juvenile was released to his parents and referred to the Department of Juvenile Services.