Neighborhoods near Greenwood targeted in rash of car break-ins

Taylor Johnson at Buffalo Creek Apartments said Jan. 19, 2018, that her car was a mess after a series of break-ins in the area on the south side of Indianapolis in January 2018. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS. (WISH) — Police are investigating a rash of vehicle break-ins that happened in several neighborhoods near Greenwood.

Three neighborhoods, all withing walking distance of each other, were targeted. Police haven’t said if they’re connected. There are at least five victims, one who did not report to police. All the thefts happened sometime Wednesday night to Thursday morning. The thieves did not get away with much, but managed to steal peace of mind.

On County Line Road, the thief or thieves targeted Creekside Crossing Condominiums and Buffalo Creek Apartments and on Shelby Street, Waterford Place Apartments were also targeted.

Julie Tinsley’s first clue came after her son’s book bag seemingly disappeared from her car. The next clue followed.

“The neighbor was out here talking about his vehicle had just been broken into. They were calling the cops. They were talking about they found a book bag that was sitting right next to the van that just got broken into. Come to find out, it was my son’s book bag,” Tinsley said.

She put the clues together and solved the mystery; somebody had broken into her car. It happened in the parking lot of her apartments, Waterford Place. Nothing was missing from the book bag, but her neighbor’s van was also broken into. His tools were gone.

Just a stone’s throw away at Creekside Crossing, a woman reported her vehicle broken into. The suspect got away with less than $5 in change.

“Come on! Get a life. It was like 17 degrees out there, and you’re breaking in people’s cars?” Tinsley said.

The next theft happened less than a half mile away at Buffalo Creek. There, two cars were broken into.

Taylor Johnson lives at the apartments, but the suspect bypassed her car.

“My car is a mess. I think people are like, no. I don’t have time to mess with that one,” she said.

At Buffalo Creek, one victim reported that his passport and the title to his vehicle were stolen after somebody smashed in his window. But a smashed window may be a better situation than the unknowns that others are dealing with.

“The doors were locked. My car door was locked. The van was locked. I don’t even know how they’re getting in,” Tinsley said.

No arrests have been made. If you have any information that could help police in this investigation, call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477 or