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Police Looking for Public's Help in Solving Mardela Burglaries

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Video surveillance photos of a person of interest and a Jeep Compass that police are seeking. Video surveillance photos of a person of interest and a Jeep Compass that police are seeking.

MARDELA SPRINGS, Md. - The Wicomico Bureau of Investigation is looking for Delmarva's help to solve a spree of burglaries which have hit one Maryland town. Athol Road in Mardela Springs has been the site of multiple burglaries, and now officials have released a photo of one man they are looking to find.

The WBI has defined the person as a "person of interest," a term that doesn't define him as a suspect, but as someone they would like to question about the case. The person in the photo is a white male, with tattoos on both sides of his neck. He was seen driving either a dark green or a black Jeep Compass, according to police. They have reported he was apparently scoping out homes in the video.

Jerry Marshall lives down the street from the site of the latest burglary. He is not only a resident of the area for close to a decade, but he is also one of the county commissioners in Mardela Springs.

"Mardela is a small town," he said. "Everyone knows everybody. And everybody looks out for everybody."

But Marshall said that he is now a little more concerned, and is keeping his house more secure in the aftermath of these burglaries. He has ADT installed to protect his property from any burglary. He is concerned the events might harm the tight-knit community in Mardela Springs.

"For years everybody trusted everybody," he said. "Everybody knows everybody by first name. And grew up with each other, went to school with each other. And it's just really. It's really a shock to the community."
 
John Lane, who has been living in Mardela Springs for close to 30 years agreed.

"it's just a plane Jane country town," he said.

Lane said that the events were shocking because the town is usually tranquil and peaceful, not the place you'd expect any crimes to take place.

"It's the type of place that you wouldn't think that they'd have any type of burglary or drug problem or anything else," he said. "But I guess there are just enough people out there that are hard put for money and hard put for anything that they can get that they can sell."

The car seen in the photo is missing a right hub cap, has a sun roof, and displays a sticker on the left rear of the vehicle. Police ask the public to report any matching vehicles to the WBI at 410-548-4898. You can also contact Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776.

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