Rehoboth man arrested for panhandling

August 6, 2013
Robert J. Ovens, 45, of Rehoboth Beach, was arrested for panhandling and falsely impersonating a city of Rehoboth employee. BY SUBMITTED

A Rehoboth Beach man was arrested Aug. 5 for panhandling and falsely impersonating a city employee.

Robert Ovens, 45, was arrested by Rehoboth Beach Police Department after police received reports Ovens was soliciting money at different locations. A seasonal officer found Ovens on State Road near the VFW after police were told he was impersonating a Rehoboth employee and was trying to get gas money.

When police searched Ovens' car, they found a City of Rehoboth employee hat. Police said Ovens had been providing false statements, including his residence and work location, to get people to give him money.

Ovens was charged with two counts of loitering by begging in a public place, one count of criminal impersonation and one count of failure to comply with taking of photos and fingerprints. He was also wanted by Delaware State Police on unrelated charges.

Ovens was released on unsecured bond pending a future appearance in the Court of Common Pleas.

Anyone with additional information should contact Detective William Sullivan of the Rehoboth Beach police at 227-2577.