Suspected thieves found near pile of batteries

PASADENA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Anne Arundel County police say an investigation into the theft of boat batteries resulted in the arrest of two people this past week.

According to police, on April 9, Maryland Natural Resources Police officers were conducting an ongoing investigation and were seeking charges against Alex Kent Phelps for theft of boat batteries at the Stoney Creek Marina. An Anne Arundel County detective was able to track down a female associate of Phelps in Pasadena. He then set up surveillance at her home and was able to identify Alex Phelps, say police. Phelps was in the back yard with some other people.

At some point, Phelps became suspicious and fled to a wood line in the rear of the property, say police. A short time later, three people got into a Dodge Intrepid and drove to the wood line to pick up Phelps. The vehicle then drive back into the Riviera Beach community.

Police say they found the vehicle on Park Road near Main Avenue, but Phelps and another person were missing. Officer then canvassed the woods. They found Phelps and Randolph Kawaley by a pile of batteries, say police. The two fled from officers and tried to hide by the shoreline of Riviera Beach near Stoney Creek before they were taken into custody, according to police.

Detectives later found that the batteries that were found near Phelps and Kawaley were stolen earlier that night in a burglary of a garage and from a boat in the 100 block of Park Road. Both Phelps and Kawaley were arrested.

Additionally, detectives learned numerous boat or camper batteries were taken from at least 15 locations during the past week, including the Riviera Beach, Sunset Beach, Orchard Beach and Chelsea Beach neighborhoods.

Police say additional charges will be sought for Phelps and Kawaley for various theft and destruction incidents. Charges are pending against the other individuals who have all been identified.

Anyone experiencing a similar theft is urged to contact Detective L. Edmonds of the Metal Theft Unit at 410-222-6003.


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