One suspected shoplifter is facing charges and a second is dead after police say he accidentally drowned in a sediment pond while running from mall security outside Arundel Mills Mall Monday.
The incident started shortly before 9 p.m. Monday when two men and a woman were spotted allegedly stealing hats and shirts from Zumiez in Arundel Mills Mall.
Mall security officers ran after one of the men and saw him go into a three-acre sediment pond at the corner of the Arundel Mills Mall parking lot, according to Anne Arundel County Police.
Police say security officers urged the man to stop swimming away and come back to the shore, but he didn’t. Security officers saw him dive under water in the pond, but didn’t see him resurface.
Anne Arundel County police and firefighters were called to the scene to help in the rescue efforts. The body of the suspected shoplifter was ultimately pulled from an area near the middle of the pond around 11:15 p.m. Monday.
The pond is described as being about 900 yards long, 100 yards wide and 20 feet deep in the middle.
Two shirts and hats were also found with the body.
A forensic examiner examined the body and found no signs of trauma. An autopsy is pending to determine an official cause and manner of death, but police have found nothing suspicious in their investigation.
The investigation is ongoing and the man has not yet been identified.
Tania Denice Turner, 26, of the 1300 block of W. Mosher Street in Baltimore is charged with theft less than $1,000 in connection with the shoplifting incident. Another man was questioned by police and released without charges.