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Brooklyn Park towing company owner arrested in thefts from towed vehicles

The owner of a Brooklyn Park towing company was arrested Sunday in a string of thefts from vehicles his company had towed for the Anne Arundel County Police Department, police said.

Matthew Schaefer, 36, of the 3000 block of McShane Way in Dundalk, was charged with theft and related offenses after search warrants turned up items believed to have been stolen, according to a news release from the department.

The vehicles had been towed "for various reasons" and secured on the lot of his company, Schaefer Towing, in the 4700 block of Belle Grove Rd., the release said.

The department has removed the company from its tow rotation list and is consulting with the Anne Arundel County Office of Law for guidance on the contractual relationship, the release said.

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