CHESTERTON | Two Indianapolis men were arrested Friday evening in an apparent scheme involving returning stolen auto parts for cash.
John Coulter, 22, and Jeffery Keys Jr., 18, were both charged with felony attempted theft.
According to the police report, Chesterton police were alerted Friday by management of AutoZone, 772 Indian Boundary Road, of two men who were attempting to return alleged stolen merchandise for money.
When police arrived, they confronted the men in the parking lot of the store.
The store manager told police that he had been alerted by the manager of an AutoZone in Michigan City that two men had attempted to return merchandise without receipts. Twenty minutes later the men arrived at his store and attempted to return a car starter for which they had no receipt. The warranty number of the starter indicated it belonged to a man living in Texas. The starter was valued at $165.
When officers searched the vehicle, they found hand written notes with warranty information for AutoZone customers as well as AutoZone receipts, including a receipt from the company's Portage store which showed they had returned a starter earlier that day and collected $128.
Coulter and Keys were transported to Porter County Jail.