By Marisela Burgos
GREENWOOD, Ind. (Oct. 21,2014)-- Authorities arrested and preliminarily charged a Greenwood man with pretending to be a contractor and breaking into a home.
Brian Wynne was arrested on Friday. Greenwood Assistant Police Chief Matthew Fillenwarth said Wynne broke into a house that had suffered damage after a fire a few weeks ago.
Fillenwarth said the homeowners were working with their insurance company to fix the damage. Detectives were notified that the house was broken into a week ago as well. Fillenwarth said they are looking into whether Wynne is connected to that crime.
“Probably through his past experience and job experience he knew he could get into a place like this –not really draw attention,” Fillenwarth said.
The homeowners' neighbors noticed a van outside the home that did not belong there Friday night and they notified the homeowner.
“She came right over and that’s when we found out that he wasn't supposed to be there and that he said he’s doing some things in the house,” Dana said.
Dana did not want us to use her last name. She said she knew something was not right. Authorities said it is good when neighbors see something and contact them.
“Neighbors like that help us catch criminals all the time,” Fillenwarth said.
“We just watch out for each other and stuff, you know. It’s just protecting your neighbor (and) looking out for them,” Dana said.
Wynne was preliminarily charged with burglary, residential entry, criminal trespass, and criminal mischief. The prosecutor’s office has contacted Greenwood PD, requesting additional information. Formal charges have not been filed at this point.
FOX 59 tried contacting Wynne and we were not able to reach him. According to the prosecutor’s office, Wynne has a previous conviction in Johnson County. He was convicted of a burglary in 2007. He was also convicted of forgery in Marion County in ’89, battery in Indianapolis in ’88, and resisting law enforcement in ’99 in Indianapolis.