A 20-year-old Ocean City man awaiting trial on more than a dozen charges in connection to six house burglaries in the beach town this spring was arrested again this weekend for allegedly stealing a car and fleeing police, Ocean City Police said Monday.

Alexander George Ellis, of the 100 block of Sandy Hill Drive in Ocean City, was eventually caught early Saturday morning after ditching the stolen vehicle and trying to escape police by jumping into the water, police said.

About 5:30 a.m., police called to Beachcomber Lane for a report of a car theft observed Ellis in the car, parked with the engine running not far from the victim's home, police said. Ellis drove off when officers approached, police said.

He was later pulled from the bay and arrested by officers after fleeing by car and then by foot, police said.

A subsequent search of the stolen vehicle revealed multiple items that had been stolen from at least three other cars in the area, police said.

Ellis was transported to Atlantic General Hospital and briefly evaluated as a precaution before being turned back over to police custody, police said.

He now faces multiple counts of theft, multiple counts of eluding police, and other charges in relation to the Saturday morning incident, police said.

Those charges add to the 16 theft, burglarly and malicious destruction of property charges Ellis faces in the spring burglaries case, which Ellis was charged with on Jan. 3 before being released from custody on a secured $50,000 bond, police said.

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