Police investigating multiple car break-ins at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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SPEEDWAY, Ind. -- Speedway police are investigating a string of car robberies and are asking the public for help on finding the suspects involved.

Several of the car break-ins happened at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend.

Police say criminals are targeting drivers who left their belongings in their cars during the Grand Prix.

Speedway police have not yet released an exact number on how many car break-ins they are investigating from this weekend, but say there were three main locations where the break ins occurred near the track.

One was the IMS gravel lots near 16th Street, which was packed with cars during the Grand Prix. People who parked near gate two also reported thefts, as well as 10th and Main, where a car that was parked in a restaurant parking lot had their windows smashed in and several items stolen.

"If you come over to Speedway and you have anything in your car, you better not leave it…if it is worth anything," says Speedway resident Nick Shelton.

Speedway police have identified two suspect vehicles that they believe are connected to the car thefts. One is a gold Chevy 2007 Suburban that was caught on surveillance video and the other is a gold, newer model Mercedes with dark tinted windows.

As Speedway police and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway prepare for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, they want drivers to stay alert and report suspicious activity.

“It certainly is a coordinated effort to monitor the lots and keep them as safe and secure as possible and to keep peoples items as safe and secure as possible. We work with a number of different groups to be able to do that and there is monitoring that goes on. But again, the number one thing that you can do is to keep your car as item free as possible. Make sure that it’s not a target by itself,” said Alex Damron IMS spokesperson.

If you have any information on these car break-ins or recognize the vehicles please call Speedway police.

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