INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Call it a Monday morning surprise for tenants at a Castleton area office building. Brute force was how the thieves broke into the building- computers were apparently what they wanted.
Using a side entrance to the Citimart building at 8604 Allisonville Road, a thief or theives, wasted no time breaking in.
Tenants of the three story office building found cleanup crews already there and police and others outside when they arrived.
Rose Crain who works for Aflac arrived about 9:15 a.m.
"And I got to the door and there was glass shattered all over the place. But I needed to go in, so I excused myself and went through. And the next, I want to say 3 windows to my right were shattered and broken out also."
Rose's office was not hit. But about 11 others scattered on all three floors of the office building were. Among them, non-profit corporation Safe Sitter.
Sally Herrholz got the call.
"Early this morning, the police department called and asked if I would come in they said they're been a break in and wanted me to check to see if anything had been taken,"
When she got to her office, the damage was instantly visible.
"This was completely missing and there was jagged glass hanging down and there was glass scattered all over the floor. So, they just smashed it in with some force," she says pointing to the window nesxt to the office door.
But after checking, she found nothing missing.
"We don't have any laptops, we don't actually have much of anything that you can get much money for," she says.
But DB services was not as lucky. A tech firm that rely's on computers, the thieves got them all. The owner estimated the loss at about $16,000. Employees brought their own computers to work so the company could keep operating.
One tenant told us another company that was robbed did have surveillance video or pictures. But that company would not speak to us about what happened.
The tenants that were hit, were satisfied with the response from building management. By early this afternoon all the glass had been replaced and the mess was cleaned up.
Now, police are searching for suspects.
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