IMPD says thieves targeting mall parking lots

(IMPD Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Holiday shopping season is here, and police say thieves have already hit cars parked in at least one busy shopping area.

Overnight IMPD put out this alert to its Facebook page:

“ATTENTION: We have received several ‘Theft from Vehicle’ reports this evening in the Castleton area near Keystone at the Crossing Fashion Mall. As the Holiday shopping season approaches we want to remind you to make sure you are not leaving any valuable items visible inside the passenger compartment of your vehicles (laptop bags, iPads, IPods, phone chargers, etc.). To avoid becoming a victim of theft, we recommend placing those items in your trunk or simply taking them with you.”

This is an issue every year for holiday shoppers.

IMPD also reminds shoppers to hide purchases in any location.

Last year at this time, one Indianapolis mom said all the gifts she bought for Christmas for her two boys were stolen while she picked them up at daycare.

“I thought it was like a prank at first,” said Johna Jones at the time. “Even though it’s material stuff, it’s stuff that they were prepared to receive for Christmas, and now they’re not going to get it.”

Jones estimated she lost about $1,500 that day. Nothing was recovered.

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