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Ocean City Man Arrested on Burglary, Marijuana Charges

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Thomas D. Palenchar (Photo: Ocean City P.D.) Thomas D. Palenchar (Photo: Ocean City P.D.)

OCEAN CITY, Md.- Police arrested an Ocean City man on burglary and marijuana charges. 

Dec. 23 around 1:50 p.m., police said officers responded to a restaurant in the area of Jamestown Rd. and Coastal Highway for a reported burglary. 

According to Ocean City police, video surveillance showed a man had broken into a cooler in the back of the restaurant several hours earlier. Police said the man stole alcohol, energy drinks and meat.

Following an investigation, police said officers were able to identify the suspect as 40-year-old Thomas Palenchar. Police said a warrant was issued for his arrest Dec. 24. 

Police said Dec. 24 around 8:30 a.m., officers responded to a Jewish center located in the area of 137th St. and Coastal Highway for another reported burglary. 

According to police, the suspect broke a window, entered the building and damaged and stole several religious items. 

Later that same day around 1 p.m., police said officers responded to a home on Captain Quarters Rd. to serve a warrant on Palenchar for the restaurant burglary. 

When officers arrived, police said they noticed several items stolen from the Jewish center inside the home. Police said they also found more than 35 marijuana plants and marijuana that had been previously harvested. 

Ocean City police said Palenchar was charged with 2nd Degree Burglary, two counts of 4th Degree Burglary, Theft of Greater than $1,000, two counts of Theft Less than $1,000, Malicious Destruction of Property, Manufacturing a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute and Possession of Marijuana. 

Police said Palenchar was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and was transferred to the Worcester County Jail on $100,000 bond. 

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