Suspects break into woman's home, force drive to ATM
Indianapolis Metro police are looking for two men after a violent home invasion during which they forced a woman to leave her house and withdraw money from an ATM.
It happened at around 2:00 am in the 7800 block of Harcourt Spring Court on the northwest side. The robbers went through great lengths to get into the home once they decided on their target.
Investigators believe the two men searched outside the home for a spare key. Officers found overturned flower pots, large rocks outside turned upside down, and hanging flowers disturbed.
As the 36-year-old woman was asleep on the couch, they forced their way in, wearing masks and carrying guns. After ransacking the home, they forced the woman to drive her SUV to the ATM, withdraw cash and then left her on the side of the road.
Tonight her neighbors are saying it's time to stand up and not let criminals take over their subdivision.
"We have to protect each other and that means you have to do something. You have to make a phone call. If you are not comfortable with it, you can do these things anonymously, they are not going to take you to jail. They are trying to stop crime...and...what if it was you?" said Wendy Wheeler, a neighbor.
Wheeler introduced us to two of her deterrents for burglars - her pit bulls - but they are not the only safety measures she has in place. She also has a home alarm system.
It's been almost a year since she has seen anything like this in their quiet subdivision.
"A single female, that's got to be devastating and scary," she said.
"What if it was you? I always try to follow the golden rule. If it was me how would I want to be treated? If it was me would I do something about it," said Wheeler.
Police have not made any arrests in the case so far.
Call 317-262-TIPS to report tips, and call 911 if you see anything suspicious in your neighborhood.