Ocean City police have arrested two Anne Arundel County teens on multiple theft charges after stealing numerous items from more than five boardwalk shops.
On Friday, April 3, 2015, at approximately 12 p.m. officers responded to Cool Topics, located at 107 Atlantic Avenue in reference to an assault and theft that had already occurred. Store employees reported that two individuals had attempted to steal items from the store. When employees confronted the individuals, later identified as Joel I. Swabon, 19, of Pasadena, MD and a 17-year-old female of Annapolis, MD, Swabon assaulted the employee before the two fled the area. Officers were unable to locate the individuals immediately following the incident.
Store employees later located a cell phone that the suspects had left behind. Through investigation, officers were able to meet the suspects to return the phone which later led to their arrest. Officers also determined that the suspects had taken items from multiple other boardwalk shops and were able to return most of the stolen items.
Ocean City police have charged Swabon with six counts of theft less than $100, second degree assault, possession of an assisted-opening knife and theft scheme of less than $1,000. He was held at the Ocean City Public Safety Building and released on $15,000 unsecured bond. The 17-year-old female was also charged with six counts of theft less than $100, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft scheme of less than $1,000. She was released to a guardian a short time after her arrest.