Routine check leads police to recovery of stolen car

Date Published: 
December. 30, 2016

Last month, a stolen car was recovered by Ocean View Police Department after conducting a routine vehicle registration check.

On Nov. 25, at a little after midnight, an OVPD officer, while on patrol, ran the tags of a 1998 green Honda Civic with Delaware registration at the Royal Farms on Atlantic Ave.

“They conducted a vehicle inquiry on the tag and the vehicle came back stolen out of Georgetown Police Department,” said Cpl. Rhys Bradshaw. “The officer was able to stop the vehicle and took the subject into custody without any issues.”

William E. Lindemon IV, 41, who has in the past been sought for burglary and theft of a firearm, according to police, was the driver of the stolen vehicle.

“It was reported stolen out of Georgetown, so they took custody of the vehicle, and had it towed back to their police department.”

Ocean View Police Department charged Lindemon with possession of stolen property, a felony offense.

“He also had two active warrants out of Sussex County Court of Common Pleas. He was committed to [Sussex Correctional Institute],” Bradshaw added.

Bradshaw said Ocean View officers routinely run plates while they patrol as a way to deter crime.

“It’s also good to be seen,” he said. “You never know late at night who’s in your town. It’s nice to know. With how we patrol here — I know 98 percent of the people in this town. We like to know who’s coming through our town at night.”