ST. CLAIR, Ill. (KMOX) – Metro East authorities say a father teamed up with his son for a series of car thefts.
St. Clair County Sheriff Richard Watson says 40-year-old Robert Scales and his 20-year-old son, Jordan, both of St. Louis, stole a Jeep from the Mascoutah area on the night of July 4.
Several nearby vehicles had also been broken into.
Vehicles were also reported to have been illegally entered in rural Freeburg with several items stolen, and a car was also stolen from that area.
Both stolen cars were found July 5 outside a Collinsville hotel, and detectives tracked down both suspects.
Robert and Jordan Scales are both being held on $75,000 bond.
Police say it was unfortunate that many of the victimized cars were unlocked and even had the keys in them, and they urge owners to remove valuables or hide them out of sight at all times.