Police warn of downtown car break-ins

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Police are warning people heading to Pacers games and downtown events, to leave valuables at home.

Police say they’ve had several break-ins recently, to cars downtown, some during Sunday’s game.

IMPD patrols are always out during Pacers games and big events downtown, scouring parking garages and lots, in plain clothes and uniformed, looking for anything suspicious.

Officers caught two men in March, they say were breaking into cars. They say those arrests slowed break-ins downtown for a while, but recently, they’ve seen some.

“With more people attending those playoff games, even people from outside the state that brings out more criminals with more opportunities to steal,” said Sergeant Jerry Durham, with IMPD.

One family from Ohio fell victim on Sunday, saying their two cars were broken into: items were stolen. It cost $600 dollars to fix just one broken window.

They didn’t even go to the Pacer game that day: they were in town to go to the speedway.

“Everything going through my mind was.. How are we going to get home, and where’s my stuff,” said one victim from Ohio. “Don’t bring valuables downtown: they find it. Don’t take anything valuable downtown unless you have to, then keep it in the trunk.”

Officials say even a GPS mount left on a car, or bags lying out in the open, could attract criminals.

“Plan ahead when you come downtown. Only bring with them what they need when they come to any of the events, whether it’s a sporting event, concert, or anything of that nature,” said Durham.

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