BEECH GROVE, Ind. (WISH) – Police said the arrest of a Beech Grove man is connected to a growing problem in Central Indiana and that problem is heroin.
26-year-old Eli Keown was arrested Monday night for a home break-in. He’s now being held at the Marion County jail.
Police believe he’s connected to at least four other home burglaries in the Beech Grove area and one of his victims was his neighbor.
“I’ve seen him in the neighborhood. I’ve seen him walking up and down the street,” said May Pippen.
Pippen recognized Keown. It turns out, Keown is a neighbor who police say broke inside her home.
“I got a call from the alarm company and they said somebody was in the house,” she said.
Pippen showed 24-Hour News 8 how Keown got in to her house. She said he took a stone from her garden and shattered her back window and climbed in.
“He went right to the bedroom where most women have their jewelry and took a jewelry box,” she said.
Pippen wasn’t the only victim.
“I’m just lucky they didn’t get my house,” said one woman.
The woman didn’t want to give her name, but said her neighbor’s home was also burglarized.
“All her personal id information and stuff was missing,” she said.
Investigators said their break in the case came from surveillance video from a Marsh grocery store. Captain Bob Mercuri said Keown was caught on surveillance video with a victim’s backpack, cashing in two children’s piggy banks full of coins.
“The suspect is seen carrying it and he can barely stand upright because it’s so heavy on his back,” Capt. Mercuri said.
Captain Mercuri said Keown’s arrest highlights a much bigger problem plaguing their community.
“It’s almost to me like they are vampires. It’s the first thing they have to find in the morning. The very first thing they do how can I get high. How can I get money to get high,” he said.
Pippen said more has to be done.
“We can’t just have policemen carry around syringes when they overdose to wake them back up, we’ve got to do something else to get rid of this problem in society,” Pippen said.
Police said after serving a search warrant inside Keown’s apartment, they found some of the victims personal items inside. They also believe someone else could be involved.
Earlier this year I-Team 8 uncovered just how much drug is connected to crime in Marion County. To read the story click here.