Burglar uses brick to smash his way into Target in Indy

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind - Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a burglar who used a landscaping brick to smash his way into a Target store on the north side of Indianapolis.

Security video from the Nora Target, located near East 86th Street and College Avenue, shows a man wearing an orange stocking cap and bandanna over his face enter the exterior doors of the store around 4:20 a.m. Tuesday.  At first, the man appears to try triggering the interior door by waving his hand in front of the door sensor.  When the doors don’t open, the man picks up a large brick and throws it through the glass door.  He then crawls through the hole in the broken glass and runs into the store.

“He definitely went right to the electronics area,” said IMPD North District Detective Michael Schollmeier.  “He didn’t mess with any of the jewelry or anything else.  So it definitely seemed like he knew what he wanted.”

The suspect apparently came prepared to steal headphones and FitBit style fitness trackers.

“He had to cut through security devices off the headphones,” Schollmeier said.  “So he was cutting them and then he had a big trash bag that he was filling up.”

Schollmeier said the burglar was only in the store for a few minutes before running back outside.  It’s believed the suspect got the landscaping brick from the Nora Pines apartment complex located next to the Target store.  Schollmeier says the suspect may live in the apartments, although apartment complex employees said they did not recognize the man pictured in the security video.

Target officials were working to compile a list of serial numbers on the stolen items so IMPD can enter them into a national database of stolen merchandise.

“We’re definitely looking into if they’re being sold on eBay, Craigslist, taken to the pawn shops, or if they’re being sold out of the back of somebody’s house,” Schollmeier said.  “That we just don’t know at this point.”

Schollmeier said the burglary doesn’t appear to be connected to any other crimes or any organized group.  He asks anyone with information about the case to call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.

“We would definitely like to know who he is and get him identified,” Schollmeier said.