Detectives on a detail spotted and arrested a 19-year-old man who they say was actively burglarizing multiple cars in Zion and had stolen belongings in his possession.
Zion Police Department detectives were working a stolen motor vehicle detail on the west side of Zion around 3:30 a.m. on May 7.
Detectives noticed a suspicious subject walking near a tree line.
The subject was dressed in all black wearing white latex gloves and carrying two backpacks.
When the detectives approached the subject, he discarded one of the backpacks, Zion police said in a statement.
The detectives immediately recognized the subject from a recent firearms-related case and knew that he was several miles from where he resides.
Zion police said the backpack that the man discarded was checked and found to contain multiple electronic items, credit cards, checkbooks, loose coins and small denomination currency.
Detectives located multiple vehicles in the neighborhood that had recently been burglarized and were able to match several of the items from the backpack to the vehicles that had been broken into.
Surveillance video from the area confirmed that the man was going from vehicle to vehicle in the neighborhood looking for open car doors.
The subject, Philip Conver Jr., 19, of the 2400 block of 27th Street in Zion, was arrested.
Conver was charged with several counts of burglary.
He was released from the Lake County Jail after his bond was reduced to $5,000, court records show.
The Zion Police Department said they remind residents to lock their car doors at night and secure valuables inside.