Fishers burglary suspects taken into custody


Two home invasion suspects were taken into custody Tuesday afternoon in Fishers.

The burglars broke into the home of two retired law enforcement officers in the 8700 block of Green Branch Lane on the north side of Indianapolis.

"He and his wife were asleep when they heard aggressive bell ringing," said IMPD Lt. Chris Bailey.

The retired Marion County Sheriff's deputy looked out the window and didn't recognize the men. He said minutes later, the suspects kicked in the front door. He grabbed his revolver and fired three rounds.

The suspects fled on foot, running nearly three miles to the north, into Hamilton County. IMPD requested help from Fishers police, who set up a perimeter in the area. The Teddy Bear Daycare near 96th Street and Mollenkopf Road was locked down during the search for the suspects.

"I heard helicopters for hours. I didn't realize it was hear in our neighborhood," said witness Melissa Keffaeer.

Keffaeer was getting ready to take her daughter to school when she saw the commotion behind her neighbor's house on Red Tail Drive in Fishers.

"There was an officer in the driveway with a rifle, (saying) 'Get back! Get back!'," she said.

Another neighbor noticed the burglary suspects and notified police.

"This is a perfect example of someone seeing something suspicious and reporting the activity, calling 911. We need more people to do this," said Tom Weger, Fishers Police.

The men were apprehended by K-9 officers in the backyard of a home on Greenway Drive. One of the suspects required medical attention at the scene after he was bitten by a police dog.

"It makes me nervous. If I was in an area where crime is higher...I'm one of the lucky ones where crime is low. But you can't escape it," said Keffaeer.

Metro police tell Eyewitness News they will look at other burglary cases in the area to see if these two men may have been involved.

The homeowners where the burglary occurred say they've never been on that side of the law before. They want to remind everyone to be on the look out for suspicious activity and always make sure someone ringing your doorbell is someone you know.