Indianapolis woman recounts home invasion

Pam Haverly woke up to burglars ransacking her home last week.
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An Indianapolis mother is hoping police can find the people who invaded their home in the middle of the night.

The home invasion happened just before midnight last Wednesday on Tanager Court on the north side of Indianapolis. Homeowner Pam Haverly showed Eyewitness News the damaged door burglars kicked in last week during the middle of the night. By the time she woke up, the intruders were already upstairs, where she had been sleeping.

"I got up out of bed, started towards the door and some kid ran down my stairs and there was another one already down here and they ran out my back door," Haverly said.

Pam believes the burglars actually cased her neighborhood earlier in the day, after she turned away a person who knocked on their door looking for work.

"They completely demolished the bedroom down here and my office, going through things looking for it. They had been in my car, because the trunk was up," Haverly said. "All I could think about is the woman and her daughter that had been raped up on the north side."

In that home invasion on East 79th Street, the victims say their attackers ransacked their house, forced them to the ATM at gunpoint and threatened to kill them.

Armed burglars did the same thing after breaking into a home on Spring Mill Road a week earlier.

"We have actually started with five neighbors on our cul-de-sac to start taking license plates and start calling police if we see one thing out of sorts," Haverly said.

Now anyone coming into Pam's neighborhood is unlikely to go unnoticed. Although she and her family will continue to rely on the family dog to alert them when something is wrong, they refuse to live in fear.

"I am not afraid. I am a pretty good shot," Haverly said.

She trained on how to use personal protection to keep her and her family safe.

Among the items stolen from Haverly's home was her laptop with a finished thesis, which she says she didn't have backed up.

If you know anything about the break-in and can help police catch who did it, call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.