AVON, Ind. – A car break in and a stolen gun led to an investigation at Avon High School.
Two teenage suspects were taken into custody after being caught on camera stealing a handgun.
With a surveillance camera looking on in the middle of the night, a teenager with blonde hair spent several minutes rummaging through a pickup truck before he and a partner eventually stole the handgun.
The man who owned the white pickup watched the video along with a neighbor and immediately recognized the blonde haired thief from the neighborhood.
Knowing the suspect went to Avon High School, police and school administrators were called to the school and took the teenager into custody.
Investigators say the overnight break-in is part of a disturbing trend.
For the past few weeks, Hendricks County residents have had to clean up shattered glass as thieves broke into cars in the area on two dozen occasions.
Right now the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office can’t say if the teens caught on camera in the overnight theft are connected to the other crimes.
“It’s still early in the investigation, but we’re going to look at it from all angles,” said Hendricks County Sheriff’s Capt. Amanda Goings. “We don’t know if they’re involved in the rash of thefts we’ve had, but we’re going to look at that as a possibility.”
Still, Goings says the case is a reminder to use caution when parking outside.
The pickup where the gun was stolen was left unlocked overnight.
“Some of the vehicles they’re getting into has been unlocked, but some are forced entry. If they want in, they’re going to get in, but always common sense safety applies to keeping things secure,” said Goings.
Luckily, the stolen gun was recovered in the woods near the victim’s home.
Investigators say the gun was never taken to Avon High School and the school never went on lockdown.
Because the suspects are underage, the names of the two teens are not being released.
This remains an active investigation.