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Police: Fugitive's Loud Phone Conversation Leads to His Capture

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Richard R. Vermalyea Richard R. Vermalyea

DELMAR, Md.- A man staying at a Delmar motel who loudly admitted during a telephone conversation that he was wanted by authorities ended up in custody early Tuesday after other patrons staying in adjacent rooms overheard his unwitting confession and notified police, the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office said.

At around 1:31 a.m., a sheriff's deputy responded to a noise complaint at the Traveler's Motel on the 9400 block of Ocean Highway. Police said that patrons called police to report that a man staying in one of the motel rooms was yelling loudly during a phone conversation. The patrons stated that during the conversation they overheard the man state that there was an open warrant for his arrest. The patrons, who were staying in adjacent rooms, reported that they could hear the man's conversation through the motel's walls and it was disturbing them.

The deputy went to the room in question and located 32-year-old Richard R. Vermalyea of Rehoboth Beach, Del. It was discovered that Vermalyea was wanted in Cecil County, Md. on two open warrants. One of the warrants was for failure to appear in a felony theft case and the other was for a violation of probation in a felony theft case.

Vermalyea was taken into custody and ordered held on $10,000 bond each on the two warrants, pending transfer to Cecil County.

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