FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) - Fishers Police say an alert teenager helped them stop two suspects in Fishers who are accused of stealing from at least 20 cars early Wednesday morning.
Police arrested 18-year-old Jalen Williams, of Indianapolis, and a 17-year-old juvenile in the Weaver Woods North neighborhood, near 141st Street and Harrison Parkway.
They were alerted by 19-year-old Chris Gordon, who says he was just about to go to bed when his dogs started barking.
“I looked and I saw some guy opening my car door. He shut it because my dogs scared him away,” said Gordon. “They were really just kind of weaving up and down the sidewalk and I was just like, ‘What the heck's going on?'”
He says he got his parents, called 911, and then kept watching the two guys.
Police pulled up, and when they did, Gordon says he saw the suspect walking down his street. He told the operator what was going on. After that, he saw police take off down the street after the suspects, catching them both.
“One person really can make a difference,” said Officer Tom Weger with the Fishers Police Department. “He was the difference between these individuals getting caught, as opposed to getting away with property that didn’t belong to them.”
Dave Bradley, who also lives in that Fishers neighborhood, woke up to find his car had been broken into, but police also had a gift: they already had his GPS, iPhone charger and gift cards they say the suspects had taken from his car.
Police had used the “home” icon on the GPS to find who it belonged to.
“The Fishers Police Department, they were great,” said Bradley.
Police say they're hoping when people wake up in the middle of the night, for whatever reason, they take a look outside: check to make sure there's nothing going on. They ask you to call police if you see something, adding every neighborhood is safer when every neighbor is watching out.
Jalen S. Williams, 18, was preliminarily charged with theft, a Class D felony; unauthorized entry into a vehicle, a Class B misdemeanor; and resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor. The 17-year-old juvenile was preliminarily charged with theft, a Class D felony.
Williams was taken to the Hamilton County Jail. The juvenile was taken to the Hamilton County Juvenile Center.
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