FISHERS, Ind. – Five Anderson teenagers suspected of stealing property from vehicles in a Fishers neighborhood were arrested early Saturday morning.
Aquille Miles, 18, Aretez Johnson, 18, and the three other juveniles are facing a variety of charges, including theft, possession of cocaine, unauthorized entry of a vehicle, carrying a handgun without a permit, and resisting law enforcement.
"We are just happy that we were able to catch these five people and that we could get them off the street before they did hurt someone," said Fishers Police Officer Shawn Wynn.
Police say an officer was patrolling the 10600 block of Tarragon Court when he observed four of the individuals dressed entirely in black. The individuals then fled and officers began searching for them.
Within a few minutes, police say they observed a dark SUV exiting the Berkley Grove neighborhood. The officer initiated a traffic stop, during which he reportedly observed four passengers laying in the car attempting to hide.
All five occupants were ordered to exit the SUV. During a search of the vehicle, police say they located several personal items belonging to various individuals in Fishers, Edgewood, and Anderson. The victims were notified, and their property was returned.
"It is a crime of opportunity for a lot of people. A lot of these cars are not locked," said Officer Shawn Wynn.
Investigators believe the teens are also responsible for at least 20 car break-ins in Edgewood and dozens more in Anderson that have continued for several months.
Fishers Police say no matter the county or the neighborhood, people will take advantage of those who are not properly protecting their stuff.
"They are coming in at night and looking through neighborhoods, checking doors, looking into windows. If there is something valuable that is left out, someone may take it," said Officer Wynn.
The suspects remain behind bars in Hamilton County as investigators work to return the stolen property that was recovered.