BREAKING NEWS: Ocean View offers Sandy situation report, nabs burglary suspects amid storm

Ocean View police offered a situation report Monday morning, as the area awaited the arrival of Hurricane Sandy.

Police reminded motorists that Gov. Jack Markell instituted a Level 2 Driving Restriction beginning 5 a.m. Monday morning, prohibiting on the streets any vehicles except those operated by essential personnel, members of the media and those with a waiver from DEMA.

They noted that roads in Ocean View were littered with debris as of Monday morning but that they remained passable. Persistent rain and wind continued and minor flooding had occurred in many parts of town.

The OVPD is manning the police station, which is serving as a local staging point for area first-responders.

Ocean View officials also reported the arrest on Sunday of two suspects in a series of burglaries and thefts from vehicles that had occurred in the past month. Police said officers patrolling Savannah’s Landing on Sunday afternoon stopped a suspicious vehicle and that both adult occupants were connected to the thefts. According to the OVPD, the suspects were in possession of several very valuable items that police believed had been stolen recently.

Despite the storm, OVPD officers went door-to-door on foot throughout Savannah’s Landing. And, about 12:30 a.m. Monday morning, officers came upon a home that had been broken into. The valuables in the possession of the suspects were linked to the home. The homeowners, who were out of town, were notified. Police secured the home and were safeguarding the property. Both suspects were incarcerated.

Finally, the OVPD offered praise for police volunteers Bill Wichmann and Earl Green, whom they said continued to do “an outstanding job manning the police dispatch center around-the-clock.”