Shop owner catches burglars in the act with iPad security system

INDIANAPOLIS - After a south-side business owner was sick of his shop getting burglarized, he and his family invested in a security system that they say helped police catch at least one burglar early Friday morning.

Indianapolis police (IMPD) said Friday morning, a report of a burglary fueled a pursuit of at least two people in the area of Shelby and Raymond streets. The owner of Avantis, located in the 2600 block of South Shelby Street, had called 911 to report his power-sport business was being burglarized.

RTV6's Julie Pursley spoke with Avantis' owner, who confirmed his store had been broken into three times before Friday's burglary. Avantis repairs and sells power-sport vehicles such as wave runners, motorcycles and scooters.

He said after the third break-in, he and his family who also own the business decided to invest in a security system that incorporates a mobile device. The system, he told RTV6, hooks up cameras in his business to his iPad, which will set off an alert anytime there's a break-in or suspicious activity at the store.

The owner told Pursley his iPad's alert went off just after 5 a.m. Friday and when he opened up the tablet, he saw an image of a burglar inside his business.

Police said as they arrived on the scene, they chased the burglars in a brief pursuit, which partially ended in a nearby creek. One of the burglars was caught in the creek, police said, when a K-9 tackled him. That burglar was sent to the hospital for his injuries.

At least one, if not two, of the burglars is still being hunted by investigators. There's a high police presence in that area on the south side, so drivers are urged to avoid South Shelby from Troy to Raymond, if possible.

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