JOHNSON CO., Ind. (WISH) - The Johnson County Sheriff's Office is investigating two Tuesday home burglaries in White River Township and believes they are related due to similarities in both cases.
Police say in both cases, the suspect or suspects used a crow bar to open the front door of the homes.
Carl Reed and his wife arrived home to find several drawers had been rifled through and some jewelry was missing.
"We actually had a neighbor see him walk out and didn't say anything because the (suspect) positioned (his) car between the houses. This house and the next house ... They kind of disguised themselves in that manner" Reed said.
The second home burglarized was less than a mile from the Reed's.
Police say burglars are turning their focus on stealing jewelry because they can get rid of it at gold and silver shops without any identification and that the jewelry in most cases is melted the same day.
Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox says state lawmakers recently passed legislation that will give law enforcement more time to track down stolen jewelry.
"It's my understanding that house bill 1188 deals with the gold and silver shops requiring them to take ID from these individuals, take photographs and requires the businesses to hold onto the items for ten days" Cox said.
Police say they do not have a good description of the burglar.
Sheriff Cox says other White River Township homes were broken into and burglarized earlier this month.
He says Marion County is experiencing similar crimes.
Sheriff Cox is asking all neighbors to be vigilant and report any suspicious vehicles or activities to police.
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