On Wednesday March 13, 2013 at 10:00pm off duty Atlantic City Police Officer Anthony Abrams was driving by the Atlantic City Car Wash located at 522 North Albany Avenue when he heard the audible security alarm going off.
Officer Abrams was aware that there was a burglary at the Car Wash four days ago. In that burglary the suspect stole $40.00 in change from the machines. The suspect on March 9th burglary was caught on video surveillance. Detective Ed Riegel distributed wanted flyers containing the photo of the male suspect. The suspect was described as a white or light skinned Hispanic male wearing dark colored pants and a hooded sweatshirt with logo imprinted on the front of the sweatshirt.
Officer Abrams called dispatch to advise them of the burglary in progress. Officer Abrams approached the car wash and observed a male exiting the building holding stolen items from the Car Wash and a crow bar in his hands. The male resembled the suspect from the prior burglary. Officer Abrams approached the suspect, identified himself as a Police Officer and ordered the suspect male to stop.
The suspect later identified as Steven M. Stadler of Margate, New Jersey dropped the items in his hands and then punched Officer Abrams in the face. As Officer Abrams was arresting Stadler he had to order Stadler several times to stop fighting and advised him he was under arrest as they wrestled to the ground.
K-9 Officer John Devlin and his K-9 partner Clancy were a few blocks away and responded to the car wash.
As K-9 Officer Devlin was arriving Stadler was still fighting with Officer Abrams. Officer Devlin ordered Stadler to stop resisting several times or he would be bit by Clancy. Stadler refused to comply with the officers' orders. Officer Devlin released his K-9 partner Clancy to apprehend Stadler. Stadler punched and kicked Clancy during the apprehension. Back up officers arrived and Stadler was arrested.
Stadler was taken to AtlantiCare for injuries sustained during the apprehension and released. Officer Abrams was treated and released at the scene for a cut on his nose and cuts on his bleeding hands. Stadler was also wanted on an outstanding warrant.
The owner of the Car Wash arrived on scene and reported that the exterior doors were damaged and the interior of the building had been vandalized causing extensive damage.
The owner estimates that the business sustained approximately $5,00.00 to $10,000.00 in damage from this incident. He added that he was extremely grateful for the swift actions of Officer Anthony Abrams and K-9 Officer John Devlin and his K-9 Clancy.
Stradler has been charged with Hindering Apprehension, Possession of Burglar Tools, Contempt, and is in the county jail on $100,000 bail.