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CARMEL, Ind. (Feb. 13, 2015) - Police in Carmel are on the hunt for a suspect who broke into a home in broad daylight and stole thousands of dollars worth of electronics and cash.

Belinda Betton thought she lived in a safe neighborhood in Carmel. Her neighbor is the Towne Meadow Elementary School. She thought it was safe until she came home on Tuesday, in broad daylight, and she noticed her front door had been kicked in.

When Betton gets home now, she’s greeted by a newly installed security alarm. Tuesday however, was a very different story.

“This back door they had kicked this door completely in and the door frame was off,” she said.

“What was scary about the whole thing was that my grandsons who are three wanted to come over and they had asked to come over to Nana’s house and we decided to do something different because we could’ve been here when they came,” said Betton.

Betton’s home sits on a busy 116th Street in what she thought was a safe neighborhood. Carmel’s Towne Meadow Elementary school sits in her backyard.

“It’s more of a violation of someone taking your property and invading your privacy and coming into your home,” said Betton.

Two TVs, two computers, cameras, a cell phone and cash, all totaling into the thousands were taken. Even with a newly installed alarm system, a new door and sensor lights, Betton is not taking any chances. She’s staying for now, with her daughter and grandchildren until she feels safe.

“It’s something that we need to be aware of because we have this false sense of security and that’s not true anymore,” said Betton.

Police are still investigating and do not have any leads yet. Police say to never have a false sense of security, because it can happen anywhere to anyone.

If you have any information that may lead to an arrest call the Carmel Police Department at (317) 571-2500.