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Two Arrested in Series of Ocean City Thefts

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Sean A. Luke and Aaliyah B. Johnson (Photo: Ocean City Police) Sean A. Luke and Aaliyah B. Johnson (Photo: Ocean City Police)

OCEAN CITY, Md. - Ocean City Police have arrested two New Yorkers in connection to a series of thefts in and around Ocean City.

Police say the investigation began on August 28, when Ocean City police and Criminal Investigation Division Major Crimes Unit detectives discovered a series of suspicious purchases had been made at numerous Ocean City businesses.

During the investigation, it was learned that a man and woman were purchasing large quantities of gift cards using various types of Visa gift cards that contained stolen credit card information, police say. Several of the purchases were contested by the credit card companies leading to the businesses suffering a loss as a result of the thefts, according to police.

Police say a total of six businesses in Ocean City suffered a combined loss of approximately $5,500 in gift card sales between August 14 and August 20, 2015. The Worcester County Sheriff's Office is also investigating additional businesses that were victimized outside of Ocean City limits.

Police say 23-year-old Sean A. Luke, of Rosedale, NY, and 20-year-old Aaliyah B. Johnson, of Queens, NY, were arrested on September 4. Both were charged with theft of less than $10,000, three counts of theft of less than $1,000, and theft scheme of less than $10,000, according to police. Both were transferred to the Worcester County Jail on $5,000 bond.

Any businesses that believe they may be victims of similar thefts, please contact Detective David Whitmer at 410-520-5390 or dwhitmer@oceancitymd.gov.

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