Anne Arundel Police make arrest in battery thefts

PASADENA, Md: - Anne Arundel County Police arrested two men in connection with a string of boat battery thefts in Stoney Creek Marina in Pasadena.

Police worked with officers from the Maryland Natural Resources Police, who were conducting an ongoing investigation at the marina.

On April 9, officers arrested Alex Kent Phelps, 22, of 7649 Pleasant Drive and  Randolph Kawaley, 22, of 182 Inlet Drive after a brief standoff.

The incident occurred after 3:00 p.m. when an Anne Arundel County investigator was able to track down a female associate of Phelps, who resided in the 8400 block of Greenway Road in Pasadena.

 A detective set up surveillance at the residence and was able to identify  Phelps, who was in the back yard with several other individuals.

Phelps became suspicious and fled to a wood line in the rear of the property.

Minutes later, three individuals in a Dodge Intrepid drove to the wood line to pick up Phelps, who had been hiding in the woods.  Detectives observed the vehicle drive back into the Riviera Beach community as it attempted to elude police.

The vehicle was located on Park Road near Main Avenue. Phelps and another person were no longer in the vehicle when police stopped it.   

 Officers began canvassing the woods and located Phelps and his associate Kawaley, who were  located by a pile of batteries.

Both men fled from officers and attempted to hide by the shoreline of Riviera Beach near Stoney Creek.

Phelps was arrested and Kawlaey was detained at the scene. 

Further investigation by detectives revealed that the batteries the two suspects had been standing by were stolen earlier that night in a burglary of a garage and from a boat in the 100 block of Park Road.

Charges are pending against the other individuals who have all been identified. Anyone experiencing a similar theft is urged to contact Detective L. Edmonds at 410-222-6003.