Johnson County authorities looking for SUV after home burglaries

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JOHNSON COUNTY (June 6, 2014) – Johnson County authorities may have a break in the case after a series of home break-ins this week.

On Thursday, a homeowner foiled an attempted burglary in the area of Whiteland Road and I-65. Police said the vehicle was a silver or gray Nissan Pathfinder.

According to a report from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, the property owner said he noticed the vehicle pull up to his barn. He went to retrieve a firearm, and the vehicle was gone. A lock to his barn had been cut. He drove to a nearby truck stop but didn’t find the SUV. When he returned home, the Pathfinder was back in his driveway, and the homeowner confronted the two men inside the SUV. They told him they were “looking for someone” and “started marking up stories,” the report said. The man shot at the left rear tire, and the Pathfinder sped off.

The property owner said the driver was a white male between 50 to 55 years old with a large number of tattoos on his arms; the man weighed about 260 pounds. The other man in the Pathfinder was a white male about 40 years old and skinny, police said.

Three homes in the southern part of the county were burglarized during daylight hours Monday and Tuesday. Neighbors reported seeing a white or gray pickup truck in the area. The vehicle didn’t have a tailgate, witnesses said.

Anyone with information should call the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division at (317) 346-4604.

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