IMPD investigates south side home invasion

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Indianapolis Metro Police are investigating a home invasion on the Indianapolis south side.

Officers were called to the 1000 block of East Edwards Avenue near the University of Indianapolis Wednesday afternoon. A woman in her sixties told police the robbery happened sometime after 3:00 pm.

Police don't believe the woman was randomly targeted and they do have some leads in the case.

The break-in makes at least nine such crimes in just the last few weeks. Now neighbors are taking serious precautions.

There's a message at Mark Matzke's home.

Actually, a lot of them.

From his trees, to his fence, to his front door, Mark has "no trespassing" signs posted all over.

"Front and back, I have a total of 12," Matzke said, "and then I wrote on this one in black marker, 'That was a warning.' The message is clear. You're not gonna come in here."

Mark refuses to be a target. He created extra security after thieves stole from his yard.
Now, with recent home invasions across Indianapolis, the safety measures mean even more, especially since Indy's latest home invasion was right on his street.

"It really makes you anxious. Makes you unnerving. She is just the sweetest lady," Matzke said.

A woman in her 60s, who police say simply answered the door, was met by robbers Wednesday afternoon. Investigators say the men tried to tie her up and got away with valuables.

She wasn't hurt and police believe this was not a random robbery, but for neighbors, it's another crime to fear.

"It's frightening. It is frightening," said south side resident Shirley Roddy. "All that on the north side? I've been watching that and now over here? Oh my God."

Shirley says she almost became a target herself recently, just by answering a knock at the door.

"I was expecting my granddaughter. It was two guys. I just closed the door and they went away, but I will never do that again," Roddy said.

It's advice police are giving all neighbors: See a stranger at the door? Don't open it. Turn on your porch lights and if you feel something's not right, call 911.

Mark's gone even further.

He bought new lights and motion detectors and put up signs with a clear message for criminals.

Metro Police say they have several leads on suspects in the Edwards Avenue home invasion. In the meantime, they're asking neighbors on all sides of town to be aware and report suspicious behavior.