FISHERS, Ind. (Jan. 8, 2015)-- It's just too cold to get inside your car, without warming it up first. Everyone's guilty of this. But Fishers Police have a new warning, even a garage door won't protect you from thieves!
In three cases on Thursday morning, a crook got into unlocked vehicles in Fishers. In two of those cases, police said the suspect just rolled right under a cracked garage door.
"Criminals look for victims that are distracted, and the cold is a distraction. People are hurrying. They're not thinking," said Sgt. Tom Weger, with Fishers Police.
The thefts happened all within a few miles of each other, one in the Canyon Ridge Neighborhood at 141st Street and Marilyn Road, and another occurred in the Brooks Chase Neighborhood at 131st Street and Brooks School Road. A third was reported in the Limestone Springs Neighborhood, at 136th Street and Marilyn Road.
Police say during that theft in the Brooks Chase neighborhood, a vehicle was on, the garage door open slightly, and a car warming inside. The person rolled right under the door and went through the car. The victim, who asked not to be identified, said a GPS device was stolen from the car.
"You don't really think about (them) going through, into your garage, if your vehicle's just in your garage," said Jill Elkin, a neighbor.
Neighbors said to them a garage provides a sense of security. Police advise your car should be locked at all times, no matter what.
"We need people to be extra cautious," said Weger.
Cautious is a good work to describe Nelly Nyeayea. She's got a remote starter which lets her crank the car and keep it locked.
"I don't have to worry about that because it's safe. It's locked. It's running, and it's going to be warm when I get in there," said said.
Police are looking for a white or silver Nissan Pathfinder SUV that was in the area this morning, with out of state plates. If you've seen it, alert Fishers Police at 317-595-3300.
Investigators still aren't certain if all three crimes are connected, but they did happen around the same time, before sunrise.