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Indian Village car break-ins continue, residents patrol

Indian Village car break-ins still have residents on edge.

Posted: Aug 29, 2018 7:25 PM
Updated: Aug 30, 2018 6:59 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Indian Village car break-ins still have residents on edge. FOX 55 first told you about the break-ins a few weeks ago when multiple people posted in the neighborhood Facebook page. 

Linda Alvarez said she could pick out the suspects if she had to after seeing them on the southwest side. This was only 30 minutes before the neighborhood was robbed again. 

"They all had dark colored clothes on, black hoodies, and pants. Kind of like the suspicious type of gear," she said. 

Alvarez said she hasn't been hit, but several other cars have been broken into over the last month. 

When asked how many have been hit, Alvarez said, "Maybe 20. I know one street, Meda Pass, they hit that entire street up in one night."

Alvarez and many of her neighbors have security systems, and police have started patrolling more at night. 

But, even with the increased police presence at night, some residents have taken it upon themselves to patrol the area. 

"Normally, when I'm leaving out in the morning, I'll run up and down the streets really quick to see if I can see anything. And when I get home in the morning, I'll do another quick little bypass to see," Alvarez said. 

Stacey Hartman wasn't so lucky. Her neighbor caught the suspects on camera. They appear to be wearing backpacks, leading residents to believe they're teenagers. 

Hartman's car wasn't hit, but someone did steal her grandparents' bird bath. 

"Every time I visited them, I remember seeing this bird bath. Unfortunately, they both passed and that's all I have left of them," Hartman said. 

Hartman also has cameras and a dog that barks at anyone walking in the yard, but she still feels uneasy. 

"Right now, it seems to be just the streets, and the cars that are broken into, but I'm worried about when the thrill's not enough and when they want to go and actually start breaking into homes," she said. 

Hartman also found a pile of credit cards around the block and turned them into police. 

Hartman says if anyone does see anyone resembling the people in the surveillance picture, contact police. 

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