Police: Fishers car burglars foiled by observant resident
At 1:38 Wednesday morning, their victims were asleep. But not Chris Gordon.
"I was up in the right-most window," says Gordon. And when his dogs barked, he looked out from the window.
"I saw a male walk away from my car and head off north down the street toward other cars, and they were weaving in and out, back and forth down the street," Gordon told us.
He saw two men carrying backpacks and taking a big interest in cars parked on driveways and at curbs.
"He said, 'hey Dad, someone's walking up and down the street looking into cars and somebody just looked into my car'," says Gordon's father.
"Pulling on the handles, looking in cars, making sure it was unlocked," said Gordon.
Police say by the time suspect Jalen Williams, 18, Indianapolis, and a 17-year-old reached the end of the street, they'd gone into nearly two dozen cars - most unlocked - taking everything: gift cards, iPads, phones, purses and cash.
Fishers police moved fast, getting updates on the whereabouts of the suspects from Gordon, who watched from behind cars. The suspects ran, but police got them. Then police sought out the victims.
"Laid out all our stuff, let us know what they had taken from our car and we got it all back which was great," says victim Dave Bradley.
"Sometimes, (if you) get up in the night to use the restroom or get a drink of water, we just encourage people take a look outside and see what's going on before you return to bed," says Tom Weger, a Fishers police spokesman.
Call 911 if something is out of place.
"It gets kind of frustrating," says Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox, whose officers have battled home and car break-ins recently. "We'll hear somebody say, you know I saw that car at my neighbor's house, but didn't think anything about it."
Sheriff Cox says when people do call, it has helped stop crime.
In Gordon's neighborhood, they're keeping watch. Chris, now a college student, told us he wants to be a police officer.