On August 5, 2015, Maryland Natural Resources Police officers received a report of a theft that had occurred in Worcester County at the Ocean City Fishing Center during the White Marlin Open tournament.
After public release and distribution of a flyer that included a photo of the suspect’s vehicle, officers identified the owner of the vehicle, Dennis J. Tronosky, Sr.
Upon further investigation and interview, a search warrant was secured for Tronosky’s residence and vehicle. After concluding interviews, charges were sought and placed against him for theft from vessels docked at the fishing center. Total estimated value of the stolen fishing equipment was $5,600.
Tronosky was charged on August 22, 2015 with two counts of theft between $1,000-$10,000, which carries a penalty of $10,000 and/or 10 years for each count. He was also charged as a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, which carries a maximum penalty of up to 25 years in prison.
Queen Anne’s County
On August 21, 2015, Maryland Natural Resources Police officers were conducting checks around the Kent Narrows Bridge when they observed several people fishing illegally in the area.
Rudis Melgar, 37, of Hyattsville was charged with possession of 22 undersized striped bass. He is scheduled to appear in Queen Anne’s County Court on October 1, 2015.
Later that day in Queen Anne’s County, officers observed Efrain Solis MonRoy, 51, of Owings Mills, fishing from the Route 18 Bridge.
A check of his catch revealed that he was in possession of two undersized striped bass and more than 17 undersized striped bass were found hidden around the bridge structure.
A portion of these fish will be donated to the DNR Scales & Tales program for raptor consumption.
MonRoy was charged with possession of two undersized striped bass, which carries a pre-payable fine of $125.