Thieves use car to break down garage doors in Indy

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 23, 2016) -- Indianapolis police are investigating a series of strange garage smash and grabs.

This week at least a half-dozen people have reported that thieves broke into their detached garages using a car as a battering ram.

Wayne Hunter’s garage door is boarded up after crooks forced their way inside early Monday morning.

The door to Hunter's neighbor’s garage also got ripped right off the hinges by the same thieves.  Wayne, to put it mildly, is not happy.

“You’ve got some (expletive) thief out here.  I pay top dollar for stuff and they’re just looking for a fix,” said Hunter.

Wayne says the suspects stole a lawnmower, tire and rims, tools and a generator from his garage.

Just a few blocks away, another door has also been patched up.

The wood panels were set to the side after the suspects drove through that door the same night.

“It’s clever in its simplicity I guess, but it’s pretty destructive,” said victim Bryan Jackson.

In his case, Bryan says the thieves left without actually stealing anything.

“I doubt anyone actually got in the garage. They probably just looked in and realized I didn’t have anything readily available,” said Jackson.

Unfortunately, the heavy door beams broke and landed on top of Bryan’s Ford Mustang inside.

“I mean this is a big door and it was laying on the car.  It did quite a bit of damage to it,” said Jackson.

In all police took a half-dozen reports of the same crime on the same night.

Wayne just hopes the crooks get caught and definitely don’t come back to his home.

“I mean you know had I walked out when they were here, they’d have a closed casket funeral because they’d have no head left,” said Hunter.

Police don’t have any suspects in any of the thefts.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.

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