An investigation into two snowball stand burglaries in Bel Air has resulted in the identification of two suspects – one of whom has an extensive criminal record and was characterized during a bail hearing as a "danger to the community."
Earlier this week, the Bel Air Police Department issued an all points bulletin for two Harford County men suspected of breaking into two snowball stands in town.
The bulletin included information that the suspects were traveling in the company of a Montgomery County woman wanted on theft charges in her home county.
One suspect, Matthew Aaron White, 25, was arrested late Wednesday afternoon in Abingdon near his parents' home by a member of the Harford County Traffic Task Force and taken to Bel Air Police Department, where he was served with a warrant charging him with three counts of fourth-degree burglary and two counts each of second-degree burglary, theft less than $1,000 and vandalism less than $1,000.
The second suspect, Dean Cecil Carden, 30, also of Harford County, was arrested Friday at the Motel 6 in Edgewood in the company Cara Kingery, who is wanted on theft charges in Montgomery County.
At his bail review hearing in Harford County District Court Thursday afternoon, an assistant state's attorney said White has 19 arrests and 20 convictions and is also on probation for theft. Also, White failed to appear in court several times and he is a "danger to the community," the assistant state's attorney said.
District Court Judge Susan Hazlett increased White's bail from $10,000 to $150,000, and White remained in jail Thursday afternoon.
During the hearing, White told Hazlett that he "didn't even want a bail review."
White and Carden are suspected of breaking into Waldo's Sno-Balls at Harford Mall and Sharon's Shaved Ice in the Bel Air Plaza shopping center sometime overnight between June 24 and June 25, Bel Air Police Department Det. Sgt. Jim Lockard said.
Lockard said cash was taken from the stands, and no one was hurt in the incidents.
"It's a burglary of a snowball stand; it's all cash," Lockard said Thursday.
When the original Bel Air Police bulletin about the burglaries was issued Wednesday, it said White and Carden were believed to be in the company of Cara Michelle Kingery, 20, of Montgomery County, who is wanted on theft charges in that county.
Lockard said police in Montgomery County have issued a warrant for Kingery's arrest.
Online court records show that Kingery, who lives in Gaithersburg, was charged June 24 in Baltimore City with two counts of drug possession and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released on her own recognizance the same day.
Kingery was due in Baltimore District Court on Thursday but did not appear, according to online court records, and a warrant was issued for her arrest.
Lockard said anyone who sees Carden or Kingery should call 911 "and not try to arrest or detain these people themselves."
People can also call Metro Crime Stoppers, 1-866-7LOCKUP, or the Bel Air Police, 410-638-4500.
Reporter Bryna Zumer contributed to this article.