Glendale hit with rash of burglaries

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – In the past week, there have been three break-ins in the 5600 and 5800 block of North Keystone Avenue. These break-ins are in addition to the 12 other residential burglaries in a one-mile area of Glendale.

No one was home during the most recent break-ins on Keystone Ave. The burglaries all happened during the middle of the day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Bradley Smith, the latest victim, found his home ransacked on Thursday afternoon.

“It just felt really eerily quiet because you know, just everything seems to stop when you come in and you notice you’ve been violated,” said Smith.

Burglars took three televisions, an iPad mini, jewelry and other personal belongings from Smith’s home. They also made frozen pizzas, drank juice and stole yogurt from the fridge.

Smith is just thankful his fiance was not at home during the crime. Smith said someone used a piece of concrete that was in his backyard to smash a back window, climb inside and unlock a side door.

Someone entered Colten Mitchell’s home, just two blocks south of Smith, the same way last Friday.

“They took a candle holder that was on our porch and used it to break in the window on the side door. They just reached around through the window and unlocked the door. It looks like they parked in the driveway and took the stuff out,” said Mitchell.

Burglars also took electronics and other personal belongings from Mitchell’s home.

Mitchell and Smith both believe more than one person broke into their homes, but there is no word on any suspects. Police were able to find a full fingerprint in Smith’s home.

“It’s disconcerting. You feel like you’re safe at home. And you know, when someone breaks in like that it makes you think about security and think about what kind of things you need to have in place to keep yourself protected,” said Mitchell.

Mitchell said he and his wife are going to install a security system in their home. He also said neighbors have exchanged email addresses and asked people who work from home to check on other houses in the area throughout the day.

Smith is still concerned for his fiance’s safety.

“I feel a little violated. More so for my fiance. I feel worried for her when I work nights. I feel worried that she’s at home by herself. Granted, they robbed us when we weren’t home, but what if they come back? And I’m not here? I’d rather them do something to me than to her,” said Smith. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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