ANTIOCH -- An Antioch teenager accused of impersonating a police detective while robbing someone's home two months ago has been charged with burglary and other crimes, police said.

The Contra Costa District Attorney's Office also charged 19-year-old Kelsey Scales on Monday with possession of stolen property, attempted auto theft and impersonating an officer, according to Antioch police Sgt. Steve Bias. The charges stemmed from a May 25 robbery of a home in the 3600 block of Baywood Circle in Antioch.

Scales is accused of knocking on the front door of the home with another man at 1:20 a.m. and telling the resident they were law enforcement officials armed with a search warrant. The men, who police said were dressed in partial police uniforms, searched the front area of the house while instructing a second resident to remain in a bedroom, Bias said.

But one of the residents persisted with questions, was skeptical of the uniforms and eventually confronted the two men, Bias said. The two men immediately left.

Detectives working several leads found a connection between a volunteer at an unnamed agency and uniforms that never were returned, Bias said, and police determined Scales to be one of the suspects. The robbery victims identified him, and a search warrant served on Scales' residence turned up the uniforms, Bias said.

Police arrested Scales on Thursday, but they continue to search for the other suspect. He is described as a black male between 25 and 30 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, and 150 pounds.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Eric McManus at 925-779-6940.


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