Surveillance camera catches gas station thief in action

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) —  Early Thursday morning, a thief broke into Bob’s Gas Station in the 5600 block of Illinois Street and stole more than $1,200 in cash and cigarettes. Surveillance cameras show it happened around 2:45 a.m, several hours after the gas station closed.

There are several surveillance cameras in plain view at Bob’s Gas Station, but they did not detour the thief from going inside. The suspect couldn’t get into the safe, raided the register and swiped an armful of cigarettes. The whole crime took just a few minutes.

The gas station’s owner, Dave Singh, said he’s concerned about more than the damaged door and lost profits.

“We are worried about employees because they work late night and early mornings,” said Singh.

Singh said there hasn’t been a break-in at Bob’s since he took over six years ago. But it’s not the same story for neighbors across the street, who say they’ve had several break-ins or busted windows over the past few weeks.The neighborhood has lots of traffic that businesses are hoping doesn’t slow down.

Some area business owners say they’ll change the locks on their doors or ask police to increase patrols.  Singh is asking anyone who recognizes this image, to come forward. He’s also encouraging other businesses to take action and install cameras to catch the thieves in action. 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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