HAMILTON COUNTY, IN — A man and a woman are in jail in Hamilton County, accused of burglarizing a handful of homes in Noblesville.
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating a rash of residential burglaries for more than a month.
One of the victims, Homer Stephens, was on vacation with his wife and was driving home from Florida Monday when his phone rang.
“We were on the southside of Indianapolis when the alarm company called me and said they had dispatched the Sheriff,” said Stephens.
The Stephens’ found their back sliding glass door shattered when they arrived home near the 16000 block of Cumberland Road. The burglars tried to kick in the back door. They were unsuccessful, so picked up a propane tank next to the grill and launched it through the glass door.
“They took two flat screen TV’s that were new and they took my pistol,” said Stephens. “I have it for protection beside my bed.”
A short distance away on Tuesday, a homeowner walked in on the burglary in the 19000 block of Edgewood Lane and got a good description of a suspect and a great description of a getaway vehicle.
Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen said intelligence led them to a gas station Wednesday where they found the car and arrested 38-year-old Amy Price on a parole violation.
Sheriff Bowen said Price confessed that she and 30-year-old Aaron Harlow were responsible for five residential burglaries.
“There are folks out there that are very desperate, especially these folks that are addicted to drugs, and they’ll go to any lengths or any means necessary,” said Sheriff Bowen.
“It’s kind of unnerving it’s been right here in this area!” said Frank Harris, a neighbor of one of the victims.
He continued, “I’m a Christian and I’d feel awful if i shot somebody, but to protect my family, if that’s what it would take, I would have to do that.”
There have actually been seven burglaries and detectives are not sure if others are responsible for the other two, or if Price and Harlow are not fessing up.
Sheriff Bowen said many of the stolen items were found in Indianapolis pawn shops and that helped lead them to Price and Harlow.
“I think they’ve done a wonderful job solving this,” said Stephens.
A press release from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office says, “Detectives are still working on recovering some of the stolen items, and both Harlow and Price are in custody at the Hamilton County Jail initially charged with Burglary and Theft. Detectives expect formal charges to be filed tomorrow on the two. Hamilton County has not really experienced any upswing in the number of burglaries or daytime burglaries. Burglaries may occur during the day as that is when residents are often away from homes. Sheriff Bowen would like to remind residents to remain vigilant and report any unusual or suspicious activity in and around homes or neighborhoods. Simple measures such as locking doors and windows, closing garage doors, installing outdoor lights, and making the home look occupied at all times go a long way in deterring criminals who are looking for easy targets. Home security alarms and camera system also work well. For additional information on home security, please contact your local law enforcement agency or visit the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.”