Police catch man suspected in string of restaurant burglaries

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A man suspected in multiple restaurant burglaries is behind bars.

Indianapolis Metropolitan police arrested 54-year-old Kenneth Ward of Indianapolis on Monday morning.

Ward could eventually face a long list of charges stemming from a crime spree that detectives believe lasted at least two months.

Since late December, security cameras at several restaurants have shown a white man with a mustache and a hood using a crowbar to break into restaurants. Once inside, the images show the man grabbing the cash register, then running out. Each burglary lasted about 30 seconds.

Detectives in Indianapolis, Speedway, Mooresville, Noblesville, Lawrence and other communities have been working to catch up with him.

That all stopped Monday.

Sources close to the case tell Fox 59 that IMPD got a tip about Ward’s identity and started tracking his movements. Late Sunday night, officers followed him to the south side. That’s where, sources say, Ward broke into both a bookstore and a Chinese restaurant near I-465 and U.S. 31.

When officers approached Ward, a pursuit started. The chase ended when Ward ran his pickup into a parked car. He got out and tried to run away, but an IMPD K-9 stopped him. Officers arrested him.

Police reports said Ward had a cash drawer containing $250 and a crowbar when they caught him. He was booked into the Marion County jail on charges including burglary, theft, resisting law enforcement, mistreatment of a police dog and more.

IMPD detectives will now talk to investigators in the other communities where Ward is suspected of breaking into businesses.

Some investigators believe Ward may be responsible for as many as two dozen burglaries, but the scope of the crimes won’t be clear until they work together to compile a full list.

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