Family warns others about fall break break-ins

A home on the city's west side was ransacked when the homeowners were on vacation for fall break. (Mary Milz, WTHR)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — It's fall break for many schools, and if you're taking a trip, be careful who you tell — or what you post on social media. You could return home to find your home broken and your possessions gone.

Pamela Bryant said thieves broke into her sister's west-side home early Monday morning taking off with money, guns, jewelry and more. But Bryant said her sister doesn't yet know.

"Nope, they do not know," she said. "They're at sea."

Bryant said her sister, brother-in-law and nephew went on a cruise for fall break. A neighbor texted Bryant Monday morning saying her sister's garage door was open.

There was damage to a west-side home after someone broke in while the family was on fall break. (Mary Milz, WTHR)

"When my husband came over, he found the patio door busted out and everything ransacked," Bryant said.

She said some of the guns taken belonged to her late father.

"They were heirlooms," she said. "Thieves don't care what they take or what it meant to the people who lived here."

The thieves also found the keys to the couple's 2019 GMC Acadia, loading it up and driving away.

Bryant said she's not sure if anyone in the family posted their vacation plans on social media, but she suspects whoever broke in knew the family was gone.

"Sick, sick to my stomach that this happened to working people and the people of the neighborhood, too," she said. "You don't feel safe anymore. I just hope and pray they get caught."

She also hopes her sister's family is having fun and doesn't learn about the break in until they return home.

Whether it's fall break or a weekend getaway, be careful what you post on social media.

If you're headed on vacation or just going away for the weekend, police said it's best not post those upcoming travel plans and to only tell people who need to know you'll be gone.

Also, don't post updates or photos while you're away — wait until you're home. Also, don't tag people you're traveling with and make sure they don't tag you.

Other police tips include placing a hold on newspapers and mail, using timers on lights and letting neighbors know to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity.