Two men have been charged with looking to collect a bit of spare change for the holidays in Georgetown, but not through panhandling. 

According to Georgetown Police, 34-year-old Chad Wilson, of Georgetown, and 42-year-old Christopher Marshall, of Millsboro, were spotted by officers on patrol in the area of East Market Street and the The Circle around 1:55 a.m. on Monday, December 2, 2019.

Police said they'd received numerous reports of thefts from parking meters recently, and the officers saw a man in dark clothing who fled on foot when police approached. 

He was taken into custody in the area of South Race Street, and located a second individual in a private parking lot nearby who was identified as a co-conspirator, police said. 

Authorities said the men were identified via surveillance footage as the suspects responsible for damaging and removing currency from town parking meters. 

Each man was charged with felony criminal mischief, conspiracy, two counts theft under $1,000, and criminal mischief under $1,000. Marshall was additionally charged with resisting arrest. Both were committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of unspecified bond.