Laundry detergent, jewelry, electronics stolen from homes in Franklin

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FRANKLIN, Ind. (Nov. 14, 2014) -- A string of home burglaries in Johnson County, and the thieves are going after something that we all have in our homes.

The bad guys are stealing priceless possessions, but surprisingly laundry detergent. FOX59 was told about five cases over the last four months in Franklin and other parts of Johnson County.

Fran Akers and Leon Zarazinski are two friends sharing their lives, and now the feeling of being violated. It's all after Zarazinski's home was broken in to back in September leaving them without some very special items.

"I'd like to get those guys, I'd like the police to get those guys," Zarazinski said.

"You just don't get back, it hurts," Akers said.

Akers' high school class ring with her initials engraved on it were taken, as well as some expensive jewelry and a solid silver necklace her military police officer son gave to her.

"It was my name in English and on the other side it was," Zarazinski and Akers said, "Her name in Arabic."

Their hearts were both broken to lose all of that irreplaceable stuff. There is an interesting twist in this case.

"We a had a Tide, a Downey and an Arm & Hammer taken out of the laundry room," Zarazinski said.

The thieves got in through the front door and grabbed everything they could, even that laundry soap.

"It's a little unusual," said Detective Scott Carter with the Franklin Police Department. "It's easy to sell on the streets and also they can consume it as well."

Police have identified a person of interest, and are trying to figure out if the burglaries were being committed by the same person.

In the meantime, if you know anything about any of these burglaries, you're asked to call the Franklin Police Department at 317-736-3670. You can also submit an anonymous tip through Central Indiana Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477).

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