INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - There is a familiar message coming from Plainfield police: leave your valuables in plain sight and crooks will help themselves, even if it means breaking into your car.
“It does appear that people left valuables in their vehicles such as purses, wallets, cell phones, and iPads. If those are in plain view, that is an opportunity for crime to occur,” said Plainfield Police Cpt. Jill Lees.
Police say the criminals are targeting cars parked near busy restaurants and shopping centers, looking for easy money.
“Purses left out in the open, men's wallets...not just purses. Also, iPhones, iPads and any type of valuable that people do not want stolen. The criminals can use the money and the credit cards,” said Cpt. Lees.
This past weekend, at least half a dozen cars were broken into, all within about about a mile of each other. Two were parked at the Chili’s restaurant on East Main Street, another at the Shops at Perry Crossing. One thief was so desperate to get into the truck, the crook smashed the window causing thousands of dollars worth of damage. Police are now investigating if the incidents are connected.
“Sometimes you can see where they started or the area of town they were in,” said Cpt. Lees.
Police are warning the public about leaving their valuables inside of unattended cars, asking them to take their money and electronics with them and to hide the cords that attach to those devices.
“We try to do the best that we can with the information from the victims. Obviously using our resources such as the surveillance video from surrounding areas especially retail shops,” says Cpt. Lees.
If you have any information on these car break-ins, call Plainfield police at (317) 838-3565.