State police arrested two suspects after a resident reported seeing two men trying to steal property from vehicles near his home in Hampstead.
The resident, who spotted the suspicious activity about 3 a.m. Saturday, got detailed descriptions, enabling a state trooper to spot a stolen vehicle that the men apparently had been using.
With help from a state police helicopter and a police dog on the ground, troopers found one suspect under a tree in a nearby neighborhood.
The other was arrested at his residence, where a second stolen vehicle was found nearby, police said.
Jesse B. Robinson, 24, of the 200 block of Oak Ave. in Pikesville and William P. Carroll Jr., 26, of the 18000 block of Brick Store Road in Hampstead were charged with multiple counts of theft and auto theft, according to police.
Troopers also said they recovered about $1,000 worth of stolen property, and a small amount of suspected drugs and drug paraphernalia resulting in a charge against Robinson of drug possession, police said.