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60 car break-ins reported in Fishers over weekend

HAMILTON COUNTY (WISH) — The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after someone stole guns from a family’s home. Investigators believe it may be connected to other cases.

It happened at a home in the 13700 block of Brooks School Road in Fishers.

Investigators are asking for help to identify the potential suspect, who was caught on camera getting into cars.

The homeowner told 24-Hour News 8 she slept through the whole thing and woke up to find her guns missing.

“We usually hear everything out here and with the amount of weapons and stuff that were involved it could have been really ugly,” said Heather Phipps, homeowner.

Surveillance video from early Friday morning shows a man with a back pack and a flashlight. He looks into the car and seconds later, he opens the door.

“When I had woke up to go to work in the morning I came out to my car and noticed there was stuff shuffled around in my car,” said Phipps.

Phipps said she knew something was wrong. She said her glove compartment was also broken.

“It was shocked definitely a little bit of intrusion feeling like somebody was rifling through my stuff all night,” she said.

Phipps said she went back and looked at the surveillance video and saw the thief on camera.

“We work really hard for our stuff and for somebody to come and steal it all is just very, I don’t know, gut wrenching,” she said.

Phipps said the thief got into her car, her husband’s car, and their family’s barn. The man seen on camera was covered from head to toe.

She said the thief got away with several shot guns and long guns. They filed a report with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

“They think it may be connected to other cases and they’re doing everything they can to figure out who it is,” she said.

Nearby agencies, like the Fishers Police Department are also going through the same problem. Police received 60 reports since last Friday of people breaking into cars.

“Unbelievable,” said Morris Beaver, shopper, “Unbelievable, it seems crazy.”

Police said the most recent cases happened in the neighborhoods of Limestone Springs at 136th Street and Marilyn Road and White River Park at Eller Road just south of 116th Street.

Some of the victims had their windows smashed and a majority of them left their doors unlocked.

“Now days you have to protect your valuables in the cars and not let them be seen,” said Morris. “Also you have to lock your cars to protect yourself to the best you can.”

Police are reminding people to never leave anything valuable in your car, lock your doors, and to park in well-lit areas.

If you think you recognize the man seen on camera, you’re asked to call police at (317) 773- 1282.

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