INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A proactive Indianapolis homeowner might help officers solve a series of burglaries.
On Tuesday, IMPD officers were called to a wooded area after a group of teens were spotted walking around. Officers believe they could be connected to a number of burglaries in the nearby neighborhood of Salem Park Drive.
By the time they arrived, the teens were gone, disappointing homeowners.
“It’s Annoying,” Lynn Johnson said. “I mean, I don’t know how else to explain it. We work for what we have and then they come in, start breaking in and stealing our things.”
“Well, I am kind of worried about it,” Linda Inman said. “As long as they’ve got some leads to catch the people.”
While officers say they’re investigating burglaries here, police did not say how many homes were broken into or what was stolen. A possible break came earlier this week when images of young men, who neighbors say don’t live in the area, were caught on camera, thanks to a homeowner’s surveillance system.
Johnson has cameras around her house and called police after spotting the teens in the footage.
“It was nice because maybe it’ll help solve it,” Johnson said.
So far, the video has helped. Officers say they found a hat at one of the homes.
It’s a piece of clothing that one of the teens was wearing as he walked by Johnson’s camera. It’s a break neighbors hope help officers solve the crime before the woods help them get away once more.
“They need to grow up and get some respect,” Johnson said. “If they want something, they need to get a job, get money [and] work the way I work to get what you have earned.”
Officers don’t have a description of the suspects, except that they believe they are as young as 15.