Man arrested in connection with burning of police car, several break-ins

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 17, 2015)—An Indianapolis man was arrested Tuesday in connection with an investigation involving several squad car break-ins.

Authorities with the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Indiana State Police and local agencies converged at an apartment complex on Indianapolis’ south side around 1:30 p.m. to question suspect Chris Byrne.

He was arrested after officers spent hours inside the apartment.

“I had no involvement in that,” said Byrne, as police were placing him in the backseat of a squad car.

“That’s a little bit crazy! You are paying a whole bunch of money to live in these apartments and the guy right next door is stealing and burning cop cars,” said neighbor Bryce Robinson.

CBS4 is told the investigation is tied to the theft of a Greenwood Police Department vehicle last October. Authorities found the vehicle on fire in Franklin, Ind. Several items were missing from inside the vehicle, including a Rock River 16” M4 rifle with 30 round magazines ammunition, a HP laptop, a PBT (preliminary breath alcohol measurement instrument) and a Maglite flashlight.

An officer on scene carried out a rifle that appeared to match the description of the missing rifle.

“I was right here and I saw them all run up there and it was actually pretty intense sitting here,” said neighbor Michael Peterson.

Authorities confirm to CBS4 they have located items belonging to the Greenwood Police Department inside the apartment. Investigators are currently searching the apartment in the 8000 block of Bison Run Way.

A woman believed to be Byrne’s girlfriend was also taken into police custody.


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