Don’t ignore door knock, says sheriff after attempted break-in

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JOHNSON COUNTY – Authorities are warning homeowners not to ignore anyone at their front door after thieves tried to break into another Johnson County home in a week.

On Tuesday, Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call for an attempted burglary on the 2800 block of S. Saddle Club Rd in Greenwood.

A woman was inside the home and heard knocking on the front door. She ignored it and then heard knocking at her kitchen door. After that, the person returned to the front door and attempted to break-in by lowering his shoulder and ramming the front door several times. The homeowner ran into a bedroom and called 911.

The suspect did not break-in and fled the scene. Sheriff Doug Cox said the homeowner was fortunate.

"Once they force that door open and they’re standing there and face to face with the homeowner, we're concerned what could happen," he said.

That’s why he’s asking homeowners, once again, to not ignore anyone at their front door and instead let them know you are home.

"That doesn't mean you have to open up the door and say hello,” said Cox. “That could be you talking through the door or offering them help through the door. Such as 'Can I call somebody for you? Can I call law enforcement? I have already called law enforcement.’"

Last Friday, thieves broke into a Trafalgar home while the homeowners were gone and stole a laptop, guns, and cash.

“The investigators are in Indianapolis as we speak today trying to track down two people," said Cox.

He doesn’t believe the two cases are related, but he worries there could be more attempts in the coming weeks and wants residents to be prepared.

“If you're going to choose not to open that door, we recommend you be prepared on the other side of the door to protect yourself if in fact that door is kicked open in your face."

He also wants residents to call in any suspicious activity without hesitation.