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A 20-year-old Dittmer man and a 20-year-old Arnold woman were arrested twice in Arnold during a two-hour period. First they were arrested for alleged possession of illegal drugs, and shortly after being booked and released for that, the pair allegedly stole a purse from an unlocked car, Arnold Police reported.

Officers first encountered the two at about 3:05 p.m. Sept. 22 in the parking lot of Harbor Freight Tools, 1400 Jeffco Blvd., in Arnold. The officers saw a 2001 Jeep Cherokee with no license plates parked across two spots outside the store, with the woman asleep inside, the report said.

Then, they found the man in the store, and he told them he drove the Jeep to the business and the woman was his girlfriend. The officers and the man returned to the Jeep, and the woman woke up. The officers allegedly smelled marijuana and saw drug paraphernalia inside the Jeep, according to the report.

The woman allegedly told the officer she had smoked marijuana before falling asleep. Then, when she got out of the Jeep, she was holding a pouch, and inside officers allegedly found two clear plastic bags containing open capsules and a white powdery substance; two small bags of a substance believed to be marijuana; and 24 capsules filled with a powdery substance, the report said.

The officers also allegedly found pipes, syringes and a scale in the Jeep. The man and woman were arrested and taken to the Police Station, where they were booked and released pending application for warrants.

At about 5 p.m. the same day, a 44-year-old Waterloo, Ill, woman called Arnold Police and reported that her purse was stolen out of her unlocked 2013 Ford Fusion while it was parked behind Arnold Family Eye Care, 1781 Jeffco Blvd. The woman told officers she had gone to her car to get something at about 3 p.m. and forget to lock the doors, and when she returned two hours later, her purse, sunglasses and other items were missing. Altogether, those stolen items were valued at $2,946, Arnold Police reported.

Officers spotted the Dittmer man and Arnold woman who had been arrested and released earlier that day walking along Jeffco near the eyecare business, stopped the two and allegedly found them with the woman’s purse, the report said.

The two were arrested again and taken to the Police Station, where they were booked and released pending application for more warrants. Depending on results of the drug analysis, Arnold Police will seek charges against the man and woman through the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree tampering and felony stealing, Detective Lt. Jason Valentine said.