Burglars hit Castleton home in broad daylight
A north side neighborhood is hoping a home video will help police catch a burglar.
Police have reported daytime burglaries in Fishers, Carmel, Noblesville, Westfield and Greenwood. It happened again Monday afternoon in the Castleton Estates neighborhood on the north side of Indianapolis.
Castleton Estates is a quiet neighborhood with 327 homes that touts a neighborhood crime watch program and bans solicitation of any kind. John Boggs is the Crime Watch captain for the neighborhood, which is divided into 31 sections to allow for quick communications.
"I'm always watching for suspicious behavior, so I just jumped in my car and went to check it out and I saw they were backed into a neighbor's house. I saw how they had kicked the door in and so I took video," said a neighbor to the victims.
"They actually kicked in the front door. You would think people would notice that, but it's so fast to do that," Boggs said.
Castleton Estates has already invested in cameras to help protect the neighborhood swimming pool and the parking lot in front, but now it is taking another step by posting the video of the car used in Monday's burglary on its website to better inform the neighbors and other neighborhoods, who can look and see if the car has been in their neighborhood.
"Police did share with them this is one of the first instances where they actually have something to go on," the neighbor said.
But they don't have the burglars. The observant neighbor called 911, but the thieves were gone by the time police arrived.
"After it was done, I went in with police. To see it ransacked like it was, all the cabinets opened, all of their stuff all over the floor, it was so violating and it wasn't even me. It was my neighbor, so it could have been me, so we all have to protect ourselves," the neighbor said.