WOC woman charged with numerous burglaries, thefts

WOC woman charged with numerous burglaries, thefts

(Sept. 19, 2014) A 31-year-old Berlin woman was arrested Sept. 10 in connection with numerous burglaries and thefts that occurred in August.

During their investigation into those crimes, detectives with the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation discovered that Stacey Lynn Dean Jester had sold electronics to a West Ocean City business.

When detectives went to the business, they were told that Jester had sold numerous televisions, cell phones and a laptop computers there. They were also told that Jester had just called and was on her way there with an additional laptop computer that she wanted to sell.

They saw Jester arrive in a black vehicle, with two additional women inside. Jester entered the business, followed by a detective, who arrested her on outstanding arrest warrants through the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and the Ocean City Police Department.

After Jester was handcuffed and escorted to a sheriff’s patrol vehicle to be driven to the office for processing, she tried to run from officers, who caught her after a brief chase.

While talking to Jester, detectives discovered that syringes and paraphernalia for heroin use were in the black vehicle, according to a press release from the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation.

The vehicle’s occupants, Nicole C. Shortlidge, 40, of Selbyville, Del., and Jamie Esham, 23, of Dagsboro, Del., acknowledged that they were aware of the presence of syringes inside.

During a search of the passenger compartment of the vehicle, officers found several syringes, spoons and other items of paraphernalia indicative of heroin usage.

Shortlidge and Esham were charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. They were taken before a District Court commissioner who released them on their personal recognizance.

Jester was charged with the arrest warrants. One was for second- and fourth-degree burglary, malicious destruction of property and attempted theft of less than $100. The other warrant charged her with theft from $1,000 to less than $10,000 and second-degree escape. Additional charges are expected.

Jester is being held in the Worcester County Jail without bond.

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