Investigators closed one stolen car case this week, while gaining a new one.
Police said Dfc. John Lines of the Cecil County Sheriff's Office arrested two people on Thursday after finding them in a stolen 2004 Ford Eclipse on a road near Elkton.
But on Sunday, four days earlier, someone stole a 1998 Pontiac Firebird that the owner had left unattended -- and running - - at convenience store gas pumps near Elkton, police added.
In the most recent case, Lines arrested 23-year-old Amber Alyse Payne of the 200 block of West High Street in Elkton and Brian Fletcher Harris, 39, of the 7000 block of Augustine Herman Highway in Cecilton, police reported.
Each is charged with one count of felony theft, reported Lt. Bernard Chiominto, an agency spokesman.
While on routine patrol about 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the 400 block of Willow Drive, Lines spotted "two suspicious persons sitting" in a Ford Eclipse, said Chiominto, who didn't detail the suspicious activity.
After checking the car's registration on computer, Lines learned that the Ford Eclipse had been reported stolen to the Elkton Police Department on June 2, he added.
Lines then took Payne and Harris into custody, Chiominto reported.
In the earlier case, Deputy Robert Buschman was dispatched to the 7-Eleven in the 1500 block of Elkton-Newark Road about 4 a.m. on Sunday because a man there reported that his car had been stolen.
"He left his vehicle running at the pumps and went inside to pay for fuel. While inside the store, someone stole his silver 1998 Pontiac Firebird with a Delaware registration of 767053," Chiominto said.
The owner told police that, moments before the theft, he saw someone drop off a white woman at the store, police reported.
A short time after the theft, an anonymous person called the Sheriff's Office and reported that a white woman had stolen the car and may have dropped it off at two different locations in Cecil County, police said.
Deputies checked both spots, but they didn't find the car, which is valued at approximately $1,000, police added.
Anyone with information that might help investigators is asked to call the Cecil County Sheriff's Office at 410-392-2116.