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CARMEL, Ind. – Police in Carmel are asking for the public’s assistance with identifying a man they say is suspected in several burglaries on the city’s southwest side over the past 12 months.

He is described as a tall, slender man with olive or light brown skin wearing a dark sweat suit.

"He could be linked up to 12 possibly more cases that involved burglaries, it could be an attempted burglary or actual burglary that occurred so we're definitely on the lookout for him," Carmel Police Lt. Joe Bickel said.

Police say he typically targets larger homes that appear unoccupied at night and primarily takes smaller items, like jewelry.

"So his mode of operation is basically the same for each of these burglaries so that's why we think it might be linked to the same person," Lt. Bickel said.

Dilip Patel said his home was hit, though nothing important was taken.

"Well I was a guilty party, I had not my security alarm on," Patel said. "And my lights were off too. So as soon as it happened I had got a security system and all lights and everything is on now."

Patel and some of his neighbors said they're now more vigilant.

"I never used to bother about closing my garage all the time, but now I kind of watch out for those things," one neighbor said.

Police said homeowners should remember to turn on their alarms, lock their doors and if they are out of town to let a neighbor and the police department know. They're also asking anyone with information on these recent burglaries to call them.

"We're asking homeowners and citizens if they see something that looks suspicious, somebody they don't recognize in the neighborhood when they're out walking the dog or maybe they're out for a jog to contact the police department," Lt. Bickel said.

If you recognize him, please call the Carmel Police Department Investigations Division at 317-571-2500. You can also call Crime Stoppers where you can remain anonymous at 317-262-TIPS. If homeowners would like to report suspicious activity in their neighborhoods, they can call Carmel Police at 317-571-2580 or 911.

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