Burglars caught on camera, claim to be looking for work

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 14, 2015) -- Thieves on the southeast side were so bold they went right up to a front door in broad daylight.

There have been several home break-ins on the southeast side within the past week. Thieves have gotten away with TVs, computers, gaming systems and computers. Homeowners assume the thieves are kids out of school on fall break.

“They think they can just take it and not work hard for it,” said Brandon Wilhelm, a homeowner.

Wilhelm is one of at least two homeowners that caught the thieves on surveillance cameras. Wilhelm said last Friday a man rang the doorbell at his front door to check to see if anyone was home.  Wilhelm’s wife approached the suspect.

“He was real startled and said, 'Uh, can I cut your grass?’ and my wife said, 'No thank you' and then they took off running,” said Wilhelm.

Some homeowners reported to IMPD that the thieves got in their homes by busting out windows.

“If they keep it up somebody is going to get hurt, possibly shot. There are a lot of licensed gun owners in this neighborhood. There might be only be 67 homes but there are probably 150 guns. We don’t want to hurt anybody but we will protect our families,” said Wilhelm.

Wednesday evening, IMPD officers received a tip about a suspicious group of teenage boys in the neighborhood.

Officers stopped five boys as they were walking out of the woods. Neighbors claim they’ve found several stolen items in those same woods.

Investigators are still trying to figure out if the teenagers are responsible for any or all of the break-ins.

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