Ocean View police recently arrested a Maryland man after the truck he allegedly abandoned at Royal Farms was discovered to contain suspected drugs.
According to Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin, on Saturday, March 15, around 7 p.m., an officer from the Ocean View Police Department observed an older blue Ford F-150 pickup truck displaying a Maryland registration plate parked at the gas pumps of the Royal Farms store located at 58 Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View.
He said the same officer returned to the Royal Farms parking lot around 8:30 p.m. and noted that the blue pickup truck remained parked at the gas pumps. The officer, he said, spoke with employees of the Royal Farms store, who indicated that the pickup truck was abandoned and was blocking access to the gas pumps.
Upon approaching the pickup truck, McLaughlin said, the officer noted that the pickup was unlocked and the keys were in the ignition. The officer and store employees searched the store and nearby properties but were unable to locate the operator of the truck. A computer check indicated that the owner of the pickup truck was deceased.
A check of the store surveillance cameras revealed that a white male subject, later identified as Charles A. Reynolds, 49, of Pittsville, Md., had driven the truck into the Royal Farms lot. The cameras revealed that Reynolds had purchased gasoline at the pump, then entered the store and purchased additional items. As Reynolds was leaving the store around 7 p.m., he appeared to observe the Ocean View police vehicle patrolling the lot, and he subsequently walked away from the store toward West Avenue.
According to the OVPD, the pickup truck was searched prior to being towed, and a white plastic box containing suspected crack cocaine and suspected drug paraphernalia was located on the front seat. Further investigation identified Reynolds as the driver. Police learned that Reynold’s Maryland driver’s license was not valid and that he was wanted on felony theft charges in Wicomico County, Md.
Officers from Ocean View, assisted by officers from the South Bethany Police Department, canvassed the area and eventually located Reynolds in the parking lot of the Millville Town Center. He was taken into custody and later committed to the Sussex Correctional Institute.
Ocean View Police charged Reynolds with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Crack Cocaine), two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Driving Without a Valid License. Upon his release from the Sussex Correctional Institute, Reynolds is to be extradited to Wicomico County, they said.