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Homeless ‘Caroline St. Crew’ squatting in vacant property

(Nov.7, 2014) A group of homeless people, who dub themselves ‘the Caroline Street Crew, has been charged with breaking into a downtown residence to use as a shelter for the night. 

On Nov. 1, Ocean City police received a call about a residence being burglarized on Second Street and Philadelphia Ave. Upon arrival, police discovered seven homeless men inside the vacant, winterized home.

Police said the men were scattered between the three floors of the home and a door looked like it was kicked in upstairs.

Scott Alan Bryant, Phillip Alan Weigel, Mark Darren Martin, Charles Houston Boone, Russell Douglass Jester, Derrick Lynn Percifull and Vernon Carroll Rineheart were arrested and charged with fourth-degree burglary.

Rineheart told police they were cold and needed somewhere to stay and keep warm. After explaining his homeless situation, he asked to be taken to Snow Hill’s jail.

Weigel, meanwhile, told police all seven people inside the residence were the “Caroline Street Crew.”

The home was owned by Mariani Development and the company typically only does rentals in the summertime.

The home had no heat, electricity or water when the group allegedly broke in.

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