Suspects caught on camera stealing $100,000 in tools from Indy car shop


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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 8, 2016) -- Three suspects are caught on camera committing a high dollar tool heist at an east side Indianapolis car repair business.

The suspects stole more than $100,000 worth of tools.

According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the men forced their way into MMS Automotive, 6140 E. Massachusetts Ave., around 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 8, 2016.

The suspects cut a hole in a chain link fence to break into the business.

“Once they busted in, it was like kids in a candy store,” said Hollie Maxwell.

Surveillance pictures show the suspects carrying out a large red tool box, as well as computers and everything they could get their hands on.

“They even stole our toilet paper from our bathroom. They stole chips we have for lunch up here,” said Hollie.

“They just cleaned it all out. They filled the car up with all the tools,” said owner Preston Maxwell.

Preston and Hollie say the suspects showed up early in the morning last month and stole a white Lexus.

After crashing through the front gate, the crooks returned a few hours later to steal so much stuff the stolen car stopped running under the weight.

“The only reason they left the car is because the transmission went out on it,” said Preston.

“It was shocking and a very invasive feeling. Everyone was pissed off for lack of better words,” said Hollie. “It hurt pretty bad. It was like a gold mine for them.”

While the suspects wore hoodies, they didn’t make much effort to hide their faces.

The victims hope that mistake leads to an arrest.

“This is our life. This is what we do to pay the bills, so I’m very hopeful that they get caught,” said Hollie.

In addition to the tools, the suspects stole a shotgun from the property.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477 (TIPS) or 800-222-8477 (TIPS). You can also submit a mobile tip through the P3tips app for Apple or Android phones or visit to submit a web tip.

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