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CROWN POINT — Two men believed to be behind a string of auto burglaries in Highland and St. John were each charged with one count of theft Monday.

Paris D. Holmes, 23, and Anthony A. Scales, 19, both of Waukegan, Illinois, were arrested early Saturday after a resident reported that two men were searching inside his car on the 3300 block of Condit Street in Highland, court documents show. Nothing was taken from the vehicle.

The resident, who saw the men through his home security system, told police they fled the area in a white Nissan Versa about 4 a.m.

Officers then received a report of two black men wearing red pants and carrying flashlights on Parrish Avenue near Condit Street, court documents show. The pair again drove away in the Versa. 

Police said the men were seen heading east on Ridge Road near 4:30 a.m. They were quickly pulled over, with both wearing red pants. A lit flashlight sat in the center console.

The pair, identified as Holmes and Scales, told police they were leaving a friend's house nearby. Another flashlight was seen in the backseat under a blue coat.

Scales, the Versa's owner, was asked to exit the vehicle, court documents show. His shoes were muddy, with wet grass covering them.

While looking in the car, the officer said he asked Scales if everything in the Versa belonged to him. Scales said that it did before adding, "Well, not everything is mine," court documents show.

Items found in the car include a black and beige Kate Spade purse with two prescription bottles inside prescribed to a Highland woman, several credit and debit cards and numerous driver's licenses, court documents show.

The owner of the purse and prescriptions told police she had left the bag — which she bought six months ago for $570 — in her car outside her residence on the 3100 block of Strong Street. Two envelopes with a total of $320 inside were missing from it, court documents show.

Following their arrest, Holmes and Scales were taken to Lake County Jail about 5:30 a.m., where they remained Tuesday on a $10,000 bail, according to online court records.

Holmes' next hearing is set for June 10, while Scales' is scheduled on June 13.

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Olivia is the morning cops/breaking news reporter at The Times. She spends her time monitoring traffic and weather reports, scanning crime logs and reading court documents. The Idaho native and University of Idaho grad has been with The Times since 2019.