Shelby County teen behind bars for Christmas gift burglaries

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Deer tracker

SHELBY COUNTY, Ind. (Jan. 5, 2015)– A Shelbyville teenager is behind bars and facing charges in connection with a rash of burglaries.

Several residents in Shelbyville were burglarized just days before Christmas.

David Tingle’s home was hit several times in a mater of weeks. He lost most of his holiday gifts.

Tingle was tired of being burglarized, so he got creative. He set up a deer tracker on a tree outside of his home. The infrared device is commonly used by hunters to spot and photograph deer.

“I did it to protect my kid, my wife, my community. You have to stand-up for what you believe in,” said Tingle.

The burglar returned to Tingles home just days after he set up the camera.

“Somebody came back and that deer tracker caught a picture both times,” said Tingle.

Tingle recognized the teen in the picture and turned it over to police.

“I tried befriending him, I absolutely feel betrayed. I took him fishing, and I even let him cut my grass in the summer,” said Tingle.

Stolen items belonging to Tingle and several other neighbors were found in Barber’s home.

“It’s upsetting and it’s hard to deal with because now we look like the bad people because we did have a 15-year-old son who had these stolen items in our home,” said Barber.

Barber claims that she had no prior knowledge that the stolen items were being stored in her home.

“I know what’s in my kids room. If its new, I’m asking questions,” said Tingle.

The teenager was also on house arrest at the time of the alleged burglaries. Detectives with the Shelbybille Police Department were able to trace the juvenile to Tingle’s home.

“Get your act together. It’s only going to get harder if you keep going down that road,” said Tingle.

The teen is being held in the Johnson County juvenile detention center.

Police say this arrest could help solve other open burglary cases in the area.

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