Apartment residents on the lookout after daytime burglaries

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A burglary spree at an apartment complex has people making sure they’re not the next victim.

Six tenants had their doors kicked in Monday in the 5300 block of Fallwood Drive at Fallwood Apartments. The crimes happened in the same building around the same time. According to police reports, several of the victims reported the burglaries occurring either late in the morning or early afternoon, when none of them were home.

Tenants told 24-Hour News 8 that they feel safe in the area and haven’t heard much about burglaries in the past. We checked if similar break-ins had been happening at the complex over the past two weeks using the city’s crime tracking website and didn’t find any similar reports.

“One of the first things on the list is always lock your car. I’ve been doing that for years,” said Greg Grande as he read a list of safety tips.

Management at Fallwood Apartments just wanted to give him a reminder, so they left the list of tips at this door and at the door of all of his neighbors.

“Don’t open your door at the sound or knock or bell. Know who’s at your door before opening it,” he said out loud as he scanned down the sheet.

That tip, he said, works well when you’re home, but the victims of Monday’s break-ins were not.

“Anybody who wants to get in to one of these apartments or any sort of house is going to get in,” said Keith Rice, Grande’s roommate.

Six people in one building reported burglaries to the police — two on the first floor and four more upstairs. Most had to have their door frames fixed Tuesday. One door looked as though it was completely replaced.

The victims reported that small electronics, jewelry and clothing items were stolen.

“This is the first we’ve heard of any break-ins,” said Rice.

He mentioned that weeks earlier a warning was sent out to residents.

“We got a notice from Fallwood that there was a good chance that people were casing apartments to see who was where, when,” said Rice.

24-Hour News 8 tried to ask management about the warnings and Monday’s crimes but they didn’t want to comment.

Along with the safety tips left for residents was a notice about the burglaries. It included a sentence that read, “Our intent is not to alarm you, but to keep you informed.”

“I don’t think here ‘alarmed’ means fearful, but you got to be aware of what’s going on around you,” Grande said about that particular sentence.

“The best we can do is report anybody to the office and hopefully they’ll pass it on to the police,” added Rice.

Police didn’t have any descriptions of the suspect or suspects. 24-Hour News 8 wanted to ask management if there was any surveillance video in the area that could have captured to the crimes, but they didn’t want to comment about what happened.

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