Carmel neighborhood on alert after woman scares away would-be burglar

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By Zach Myers

CARMEL, Ind. (Aug. 25, 2014)-- Neighborhood association leaders in the Shadybrook Subdivision are asking their residents to keep all doors and windows locked after an attempted burglary that left a woman shaken up over the weekend.

Jan Stetzel and her husband, Joe, were asleep in their home in the 9900 block of Chinquapin Court, when somebody rang the doorbell around 2:15 a.m. Sunday.

"I thought 'Who would be at the door in the middle of the night,'" Jan Stetzel told FOX59.

When she went to the front window, she saw nobody. But then she heard a noise at her back door. She quickly realized there was a man looking for an unlocked door or window.

Then, she saw the man's shadow outside her back window and realized she was standing only a few feet from him as he was trying to get into the house.

"My heart started beating really fast," she said. "And I just started shaking."

As soon as Jan turned on a light, the man was gone.

Carmel Police responded to Jan's 911 call and set up a crime scene investigation. Evidence technicians dusted for fingerprints, which were left on nearly every window of the house. Police dogs tracked the suspects trail until it suddenly ended down the street. It's believed the suspect got into a vehicle that had been left there.

"I've never felt uncomfortable here," Stetzel said. "I've always felt safe. But, I don't anymore."

Shadybrook Subdivision Neighborhood Association President Joan Sukow is now encouraging residents to be on alert.

"Just keep their doors and windows locked," Sukow said. "And we don't have street lights in here so it's important that they keep some type of outside light."

The small neighborhood, near 96th Street and Keystone Avenue, is normally very quiet, Sukow said. As far as she knows, this is the first attempted home invasion to take place in the subdivision.

"We've had some problems with teens causing trouble before," Sukow said. "But nothing like this."