INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 2, 2014) - A home burglary victim hopes somebody will recognize pictures and video of the man who broke into his house on the east side of Indianapolis.
Scott Herrington says he and his family were away from home in the 1800 block of Bazil Avenue most of Monday. When his wife arrived back at the house that afternoon, she noticed a window air conditioner unit had been moved. Scott started looking through his home surveillance video and saw the reason for the moved air conditioner unit.
In the video, a white male in his 20s is seen approaching the front door on foot around 1 p.m. Monday. While appearing to talk on his cell phone, the man rings the doorbell, then knocks on the front door. Seconds later, he starts looking into windows around the house. A camera on the other side of the house shows the man shoving the air conditioner unit into the house, then climbing in after it.
After a short time in the house, the burglar is seen leaving with a backpack belonging to Herrington's 10-year-old son. A valuable coin collection and some cash were missing from the home, presumably in the backpack.
The burglary happened just a few hours after Herrington's son had been allowed to stay home alone for about 15 minutes.
"It makes me sick to my stomach to know the same day, four hours later, a stranger was in my house."
Herrington and other neighbors also want to know if the man in the video could be connected to a rash of break-ins on Bazil Avenue. Four doors down from Herrington, a woman told FOX59 she is still afraid to spend the night in her house after two burglaries in the last three months.
"I've been staying at friend's house," she said. "My son's house, my friend's house. Because I just don't feel safe at night."
Others down the street wonder if the trouble could be connected to several men who have recently been going door to door offering tree and lawn services. Herrington was hoping to share his video with his neighbors to see if any of them recognize the man.
Indianapolis police responded to Herrington's call Monday. The case is under investigation.