Police send alert to residents after 11 burglaries

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A woman said a burglar crept through her home, stealing items just a few feet from her sleeping husband.

Her home was one of 11 police say was burglarized in the past three weeks in and near the Willow Oaks neighborhood on the city’s Southeast Side. It’s near the intersection of S. Franklin Road and E. Raymond Street.

Three burglaries actually happened in one night Monday.

All the homes in this area were hit around 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning. On several occasions, people were home during the burglary.

Sometimes the suspects literally broke into the homes, but other times the victims unfortunately made it too easy for them.

“There have been nights we’ve accidentally left the garage door open and nobody’s ever bothered anything,” said Kay Lewis.

But a few weeks ago it was her back gate and back door that were left open.

“They (the suspect) opened that screen they reached over onto the coffee table. My husband was sleeping there,” described Lewis. She said the suspect grabbed the phone without waking her husband, before going into the kitchen to steal her wallet and several sets of car keys.

All of this happened while she was upstairs asleep. Her two dogs never noticed a stranger was in the house.

“Not a peep from them, so it’s kind of scary,” she said.

“The fact that someone is bold enough to enter in someone’s house while they’re sleeping overnight is concerning to everybody,” said Lt. Richard Riddle, IMPD.

He said the suspects are looking for easy ways to get inside.

If they spot an open window, they’ll pop out the screen. The suspect first tried that at Lewis’ house, but the window was locked.

Connie Couch lives next door to Lewis and said neighbors are good at looking out for each other.

But after 11 burglaries, even she feels her home could be next.

“I worry about it. I mean, we have a dog, but still, she, you know, that ain’t going to scare a lot of people off anyway,” she said.

Detectives were able to get finger prints off the back door of a home that was hit.

That has given police suspects for some of the burglaries. They’re working on getting warrants to make an arrest soon.

Police don’t want any confrontations inside a home.

That’s why IMPD is offering these tips to avoid having your home burglarized:

  • Keep the windows and doors locked, even when you are home
  • Keep garage doors closed
  • Keep your home well-lit
  • Be aware of your surroundings
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