JOHNSON CO., Ind. (WISH) - A Johnson County woman woke up Tuesday morning to find a stranger in her home.
The home invasion took place in the 1800 block of Old State Road 37 in White River Township.
According to the homeowner, a man in his late teens or early 20S forced open the front door of the house around 9 a.m.
The suspect ran and took off in a large white pickup truck after he realized he was not alone in the house. The home owner was not harmed.
The break in comes two weeks after a burglar or burglars used a crow bar to pry open the front doors of two Greenwood homes. The suspect got away with jewelry from both homes.
"The whole reason we called you a few weeks ago was just this very thing that happened yesterday," said Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox to 24-Hour News 8 Reporter Jay Hermacinski. "We were worried that eventually one of these burglaries was going to result in a homeowner being home and that is what we had."
The recent rash of burglaries in the area has law enforcement officials concerned.
"We are worried one of these incidents will turn out bad for the homeowner of the burglar him or herself," Cox said.
Don Weaver lives a few doors down from where the Tuesday break-in happened.
He said he was surprised to hear about the crime.
Weaver says he has an alarm system installed at his house. That's not the only deterrent. He also keeps a loaded gun around in case someone tries to get into his home.
"I probably would just blow him back out the door because I'm ready. I've got more than one so I'm ready," Weaver said.
Sheriff Cox suggests a number of ways for homeowners to protect themselves including adding dead bolt locks to their front doors.
He says dogs are good deterrents as well as alarm systems.
Cox is encourages homeowners to go to the door every time someone knocks or rings the bell. He says you don't have to open the door but let that individual know someone is home.
"If you are leaving your (child) home alone and telling them not to answer the door or acknowledge anybody at the door what we are worried about is when (a burglar) hears nobody is home, that they are going to force their way into your home," Cox said.
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