Speedway Police increase patrols near IMS after car break-ins and team up with race car drivers to talk track safety

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INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – Speedway Police are warning drivers of recent car break-in’s near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, reminding race fans that it only takes a few seconds for someone to break in and take off with your belongings.

“It is pretty easy to get into a window; whether you are smashing it or I have seen people take their elbows to the glass, use a stick or throw a rock through it. There are a lot of ways to break into the cars,” says Speedway Police Lt. Trent Theobald.

There were numerous car break-ins near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway over the weekend, including the gravel lots near 16th street and the parking lot near gate two, both which were packed with cars during the Angie’s List Grand Prix race. Cars that were parked in restaurant and store lots on Main Street were also targets during the busy weekend at the track.

“We have a lot of visitors in the Town of Speedway right now and we want to make sure that you are locking up your valuables. Make sure that they are not in plain view,” says Lt. Theobald.

Speedway Police believe a Gold Chevy 2007 Suburban, which was caught on surveillance video, is connected to the car break-ins.

“We do everything we can when we do respond on those runs, to make sure that each case is investigated to the fullest,” says Lt. Theobald.

As 300,000 race fans make their way to the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in the next two weeks, Speedway Police has teamed up with IMS for a “see something, say something” campaign, using video messages from Graham Rahal to encourage the public to report suspicious activity.

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