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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 20, 2014)– Indiana Pacers fans heading to downtown Indianapolis for Tuesday’s game are urged to either leave valuables at home or stash them in the truck of their cars before parking.

In the last few weeks, police have seen an increased number of reports about thieves breaking into cars at downtown parking garages.

“When they see something that looks valuable, that’s when they’ll break the window or force entry into that vehicle and steal that item,” said IMPD Sgt. Jerry Durham.

Durham leads a late night tactical shift of undercover and uniformed officers. A couple months ago, the unit busted two men suspected in multiple break-ins and several downtown garages. For a time, the number of cases went down. However, Durham says they’re on the uptick again.

“The bad guys know that people are going to come to these events,” Durham said. “And for whatever reason, people will leave valuables in their vehicles.”

Following Sunday’s home Pacers game against the Miami Heat, a fan came out to the downtown Hilton garage to find his back window smashed. The thief had apparently tried to pull his dry cleaning out the window, but it got caught on the broken glass.

On the day of the Pacers home game on May 13, four cars were broken into in the same Hilton garage. One family from Ohio was actually in town to go to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. They went back to Ohio without a laptop computer and a camera. It had been stolen from their family van.

With so many events like Pacers games, Indianapolis 500 action and large conventions, police are urging drivers to leave their valuables at home. If you can’t avoid bringing valuable items downtown, you should stash them in the trunk of your car before you reach your parking spot so nobody sees you put them in there.