Steven Stadler of Margate, was charged with resisting arrest after Atlantic City police arrested him at a car wash Wednesday night.

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A Margate man arrested last week when an off-duty officer allegedly caught him burglarizing an Atlantic City car wash is now charged in a previous burglary at the same business.

Steven Stadler, 44, was captured March 13, after Atlantic City Officer Anthony Abrams heard the alarm go off at the Atlantic City Car Wash on Albany Avenue at about 10 p.m.

An investigation has now tied him to a March 9 theft of $40 from the business, Capt. Charles Love said Tuesday.

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The damage from the later crime is estimated at $5,000 to $10,000.

Abrams, who was off-duty and without his weapon, knew of the previous burglary when he heard the alarm, and called it in, police said. Stadler is accused of punching Abrams after the officer identified himself and ordered the suspect to stop.

As they wrestled to the ground, K-9 Officer John Devlin and his partner, Clancy, responded. When Stadler ignored warnings to stop resisting or the dog would be used, Clancy apprehended him.

He then punched and kicked the dog, police said. Clancy suffered a swollen eye.

Backup officers arrived and Stadler was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center to be treated for his injuries and charged with several crimes, including aggravated assault on police and possession of burglary tools.

Abrams was treated for a cut on his nose and his hands.

Stadler is charged with two counts of burglary, along with aggravated assault on police, resisting arrest and possession of burglary tools.

He remains housed in the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $100,000 bail.

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