IMPD issues crime alert after serial burglaries on city's southeast side

INDIANAPOLIS - A southeast Indianapolis neighborhood is on alert after 10 burglaries in the last three weeks, Indianapolis Metro Police Department officers said.

On June 16, three burglaries were reported in a 24-hour period in the 7900 block of Willow Wind, the 7900 block of Palmaro Circle, and the 7800 block of Way Forest Court.

Detectives said that some of the incidents were reported while the homeowners were there.

"Very concerning. Obviously the fact that someone is bold enough to enter into someone else's house while they're sleeping overnight, it's concerning to everybody," IMPD Lt. Richard Riddle said.

Police said the burglar or burglars entered the homes through unlocked windows. Detectives advised homeowners to keep doors and windows locked even while you are home.

IMPD issued a crime alert to the neighborhood and advised homeowners to follow these safety tips:

Keep windows and doors locked at all times
Keep garage doors closed
Keep all entrances around your home well-lit
Do not put valuables where they can be seen from the window
Remove your remote garage door opener if parking your vehicle outside
Document your property by taking photos and writing down the brand name, model or serial number

News of the break-ins swept through the subdivision. While many of the burglaries happened a couple weeks ago, three more happened Monday and both police and residents were at a loss to explain why.

"Maybe because we let our guard down. It's been so quiet that they may be thinking they're not looking out for it. We're on our guard now that's for sure," area resident Ray Stiffler said.

Riddle says police have recovered fingerprints and identified possible suspects.  If you have any other tips or information, contact IMPD Southeast District at 317-327-6300. 

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