Shirley Triller, Lake Stonebridge Homeowners’ Association vice president, caught a burglar in the act on Thursday, Sept. 20.
Triller said when she arrived home around 2:30 p.m. that Thursday, she noticed a van parked close to her house.
Triller knew her husband was considering hiring a painter and though nothing of the vehicle parked in the driveway. She noticed something was amiss with the lock on her front door. When she entered the house, the door frame was on the floor and possessions were nearby.
The burglar realized the homeowner was home, went out a different door, jumped in the van and peeled off. After realizing it would be impossible to get the plates of the van, Triller called FPD, who showed up to the scene and surrounded the house, in case an accomplice was still in the building.
Last week, FPD posted a crime alert for a string of residential burglaries in various Fishers subdivisions.
The crime alert reported three residential burglaries in a total of four days.
Triller said she and FPD believed the burglar was in her home for approximately 15 minutes.
“I was really impressed with the police,” Triller said. “Do I think I’ll get my things back? No. Do I think they’ll catch him? Yea, I do.”
The burglar made off with jewelry, silver items and a work laptop, to name a few items.
Triller received a call from a resident who found a pillow case near Indian Lake subdivision that contained documents with her and her husband’s address and contact information.
“Be talking to your neighbors,” Triller said, “and watch out for them.”
According to Triller, other Fishers residents recently have been alerted to burglaries by home alarm systems.
“I guess it’s not a time to be afraid and retreat, it’s time to do something,” Triller said. “Take action. Get the community… join the neighborhood watch. Partner with the police.”