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Updated: Pair Charged With Burglarizing West O.C. Restaurant

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Tony Leonard Childs Tony Leonard Childs
Kenneth James Webb Jr. Kenneth James Webb Jr.

WEST OCEAN CITY, Md.- Authorities say two men are facing charges following allegations that they broke into a West Ocean City restaurant and stole nearly two dozen cases of beer, two cash registers and a money bag.

The Worcester County Bureau of Investigation reports that on Thanksgiving morning, deputies responded to an alarm that went off at the Captain’s Galley Restaurant, located at 12817 Harbor Road.

When deputies checked the property, they discovered unknown suspects gained entry to an outside cooler by breaking the lock. According to investigators, once inside the suspects removed approximately 22 cases of beer. Authorities said the suspects then went to the second floor of the restaurant and used a box cutter to cut through two vinyl windows of an outdoor tent that covered the second floor deck. The suspects then used a chair to smash through a large window to gain access to the interior of the restaurant, according to the WCBI.

Authorities said that once inside the restaurant, the suspects removed two cash registers, a bank bag containing an undisclosed amount of money and damaged an interior office door in attempt to gain entry.

The WCBI was requested to investigate the case. Detectives said they learned the suspects, identified as Tony Leonard Childs and Kenneth James Webb Jr., both of Ocean City, were observed by local residents making multiple trips to and from the restaurant carrying cases of beers.

Webb and Childs took the beer to a home located on Swordfish Drive and left the area, according to the WCBI. Authorities said the occupants of the home were contacted and allowed investigators to enter the home where the beer was discovered.

Investigators said that a short time later, Webb and Childs returned to the home and were placed under arrest for second-degree burglary, theft: $1,000-$10,000 and malicious destruction of property over $1,000. They were ordered held on $25,000 bond in the Worcester County Jail.

Editor's note: The WCBI originally provided a photo of a man detectives identified as Tony Leonard Childs. After it was brought to WBOC's attention that the man depicted in the photo was not Childs, WBOC reached out to the WCBI, which provided WBOC and other local media agencies with a corrected photograph.

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