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Fishers police investigate series of apartment burglaries

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FISHERS (Dec. 2, 2014) – Fishers police are investigating a series of daytime burglaries at three separate apartment complexes.

Three of the thefts happened at Sandcreek Apartment Complex (116th Street and Sandcreek Boulevard). The other two happened at Deerbrook (Allisonville Road and Eller Road) and Sunblest Apartments (116th Street and Cumberland Road).

The burglaries happened between the hours of 1pm and 5pm Monday. In each case, burglars forced their way into the apartments and stole items including jewelry, wallets and purses. No residents were at home during any of the burglaries.

“They don’t want to have contact with anybody,” said Fishers Police Sgt. Tom Weger. “But they are obviously interested in what may be inside the residence.”

The burglaries are in the same area as an attempted break-in at the Watermark on Cumberland Apartments on November 10.  In fact, employees at Watermark on Cumberland Apartments (116th Street and Cumberland Road) reported seeing two suspicious people on their property around the time of the Monday burglaries. They were described as black males in their early or mid-30s and were seen getting into a black passenger car. A search of the area turned up no sign of the men.

Katie Castle is a nursing student who lives in the Sandcreek Apartments. Her changing schedule often includes being at home during the afternoons. News of the daytime burglaries in her complex has her feeling uneasy.

“I’ve definitely made some phone calls today about what I can do to protect myself,” Castle told Fox59. “And wanting to maybe go to a gun safety class and maybe pursue that option.”

Weger said Fishers police are talking with property managers at the apartment complexes about starting Crime Watch programs.

Anyone with information should call the Fishers Police Department at 317-595-3300.

Fishers police offer the following safety guidelines:

Home Safety Tips

  • Install exterior lights at all entrances. Consider motion detector lights.
  • Install a wide-angle viewer on all exterior doors.
  • Check who is at the door and do not open the door to anyone you don’t know.
  • Install good locks on all doors and windows. Use those locks!
  • Be sure locks on doors and windows can be opened quickly in case of fire.
  • Leave a light on when you are not home. If you are on vacation, use a timer to control lighting.
  • Don’t hide keys outside.
  • Remove house keys from your keychain when your car is serviced.
  • Talk with trusted neighbors. Keep an eye on their house and ask them to watch yours.
  • Stop mail and newspaper delivery when you are away.
  • Install an alarm system that will detect entry and notify police.
  • Have your lawn mowed and snow shoveled when away.
  • Close window blinds at night.
  • Keep trees and bushes trimmed. Do not let plants block doors and windows.
  • Suspicious Activity

An event that is out of the ordinary or that makes you feel uncomfortable could be a crime in progress.

  • Adults or juveniles walking casually through the neighborhood looking into windows, backyards, vehicles, etc.
  • A vehicle driving slowly through your neighborhood with or without lights on.
  • Something wakes you in the night.
  • Someone you don’t know rings your doorbell.
  • An unknown car parked near your home containing one or more people.
  • If something is suspicious to you, Call 911!