OCEAN CITY, Md.- Ocean City police have arrested a man accused of stealing an off-duty law enforcer's handgun from a hotel room.
Police said that a federal law enforcement officer, who was staying at the Comfort Inn at 507 Atlantic Ave. over the weekend, reported his off-duty .40 caliber handgun and several other items were missing and believed stolen from his room.
Police looked at hotel surveillance videos and identified a suspect. His description was broadcast to other officers in the area.
Within 30 minutes of the initial report of the theft, officers located a suspect at 8th Street and the boardwalk. Officers detained the suspect, who was identified as 19-year-old Jeffery Lynn King of Bridgeville, Del. Police said officers recovered a loaded .40-caliber handgun from King's waistband, which they subsequently confirmed was the stolen handgun.
Police said that officers also recovered several other items belonging to the victim, which were stolen during the burglary of the hotel room. According to police, the investigation into the incident determined King fired the handgun in the hotel room during the burglary.
King was arrested and charged with first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary, possession of a handgun, reckless endangerment- $1,000 and discharging a firearm within Ocean City.
King, who police said also had an outstanding juvenile warrant from Wicomico County, was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and ordered held in the Worcester County Jail on $100,000 bond.