Police: Bloomington man lived in complex where he burglarized apartments

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Sept. 9, 2015) -- Police arrested a man for stealing from his own neighbors in a Bloomington apartment complex.

Matthew Sechrist, 21, is accused of breaking into units in the Colonial Crest Apartments and adjoining Hoosier Court Apartments. Sechrist was staying with his girlfriend in Colonial Crest when he carried out the burglaries.

"He was familiar with how the apartments were laid out. ... I think the familiarity made him more comfortable," Bloomington Police Capt. Joe Qualters said.

There have been 16 burglaries in the two complexes in the past month. Qualters said Sechrist admitted to at least 10 of them and officers found dozens of stolen electronics in his apartment, including a backpack full of laptops.

The arrest came around 2:00 a.m. Tuesday, after a concerned resident called police. Neighbor Michele Kelley was there.

"They had all the merchandise out on the sidewalk. ... I knew that there was kids that broke into cars, but now we’re talking about going in homes and sometimes people are there," Kelley said.

Bloomington Police say there has been a spike in burglaries since IU students went back to school and Sechrist's arrest is a good reminder to be on guard.

"We really need people to take those measures, lock those doors, put dowel rods in sliding glass doors and in windows, wherever you can," Qualters said.

Sechrist told police he was stealing to support an addiction to meth. He's been linked to eight burglaries and officers are working to connect him to others.

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