Indianapolis man is angry after thieves stole his pick up truck; neighbors are also victims

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By Eric Levy

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 8, 2014) -- A small business owner on the southeast side says he is the victim of crime for the third time in a year.

Kenny Smith says thieves broke in to one of his work vehicles, and stole another one.

It happened Thursday in the 4700 block of Shelbyville Road.

"I'm tired of the theft, I work so hard just as everyone else, and it's time for these people that are doing this to stop," Smith said.

Smith said thieves were able to get in to one of his work trucks parked on his property.

"They brought maybe some type of tool or a screw driver because they popped the lock in," Smith said.

Once the thieves got in, they trashed it.

"It looked to me like they were trying to break the column to get the truck to fire over," Smith said. "Once they couldn't do it, then they kind of just destroyed the dash area."

Smith said the thieves did the same thing to another truck parked in his driveway, and were successful in stealing it. Earlier this year, Smith says another one of his pick-up trucks was stolen from his son at a job site in downtown Indianapolis. He also had some equipment stolen last year. Smith doesn't think he's targeted because his neighbors have also been hit.

"I believe it's someone possibly driving by, you know, watching," Smith said.

His neighbor a couple of doors down had two trailers stolen back in March. In the summer of 2013, crooks broke in to the home of Pastor Rick Matthews of Southview Church, which is right next door to Smith.

"They stole a couple TVs, computer, the cases, cameras," Pastor Matthews said. "They were prepared with wire cutters and just quickly in and out."

Pastor Matthews says it's a nice neighborhood, and quiet overall, but has this advice for anyone wanting to protect themselves.

"Pay attention to what's going on, get license plate numbers, descriptions of people, and if we find out that something happened, then report that to the police," he said.

Detectives with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) are investigating. If you can help solve these crimes, you can call police or Central Indiana Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477).