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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- Thieves are taking their crime up a level.  Police are looking for burglars targeting two-story homes on the north side.   The crooks are borrowing homeowners’ tools in order to get inside.

A victim shared a picture of her home after thieves hit it; the photo shows a ladder leading up to a window that had been propped open.

Police say the thieves are using ladders and even stacking patio furniture high enough to reach a side window.

“They’re willing to do anything to break into houses and it’s kind of scary,” said Chris Fink, a neighbor.

Since May, at least nine homes have been hit in the Meridian Hills and Williams Creek neighborhoods. Unfortunately, home security alarms weren’t set off due to the second floor entry.

“Criminals are known to be bold aren’t they?” Fink said.

The most recent theft was at a Meridian Hills home near Pennsylvania Street.  The homeowner was too worried to talk to our cameras but told us the crooks used her outdoor chairs to climb into her home.

The thieves have gotten away with jewelry, electronics and medicine.  A few weeks ago, a safety meeting was held to give homeowners a heads up to be on the lookout.

“Do what you can to make yourself safe and secure because the guys on the other side of the equation are scary and prefer not to encounter them,” Fink said.

In the past couple months, police have stepped up patrols.  In many cases, the homeowners were out of town when thieves burglarized their homes.  Officials are reminding homeowners to leave lights on when on vacation.  Also, ask a neighbor to watch over your home while you are gone.

On July 14, there is a home invasion and burglary prevention session for homeowners.  It starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Nora Library.