Two different burglars target elderly church-goers


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Two different burglars on two different sides of the Circle City preyed on church ladies this past weekend.

Someone targeted the women after they left home Sunday for attend church services.

The burglaries happened in the 99-hundred block of Scott Court on Indy’s Northeast side and in the 7000 block of Gimbel Court on the Southwest side.

One of the victims headed to Fellowship Baptist Church and when she got back home she learned that someone had actually paid her a visit.

Nancy Christie talked with Eyewitness News about her plans to make sure she attended church this past Sunday.

“I have missed church so much that I just wanted to go to church”, said Nancy Christie.

The 78-year-old explained that she is just now getting regular sleep again after learning someone broke into her home. She’s been a member of Fellowship Baptist Church for at least 27 years located on East New York Street near Sherman Avenue.

When the grandmother returned home she knew right away she had been hit by a church time burglar.

Nancy Christie said, “You open that door and everything was thrown everywhere. I always leave, my bedroom door open, it's right there, It's my bedroom and everything was thrown everywhere”.

Nancy is grateful the thief left her dog Annie who was obviously frightened by the break-in. The thief stole her laptop, a golf club, inhalers, prescription meds and all of her money from the house.

During her interview with Eyewitness News Nancy counted out the only money she has left because it was in the bottom of her purse she carried to church.

“One, two, three, four, five, six, sixteen dollars until the first of the month”, said Nancy Christie.

Ironically, metro police are also investigating a church time burglar who struck in Northeast Indy the same day. The 71-year-old woman in that case reported cash stolen from her home. There is no indication that the two cases are no where near connected since they happened on opposites sides of the city.

As far as whoever broke into Nancy's house she questions who preys on elderly church women.

“Why?”, said Nancy. “Why would they do this to a 78-year-old grandmother”.

Nancy Christie shared with Eyewitness News that several of her relatives have come forward to help her out. She wants very much though to maintain her independence as much as possible.

If you have any information on the church time burglars in either case you can call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

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