By Ann Marie Shambaugh
Four Zionsville and Whitestown schools were locked down the afternoon of Feb. 7 as police searched for a burglary suspect they believed could be in the area.
Police responded to a breaking and entering in progress call at 1 p.m. in the 9100 block of Iris Lane and observed a gray Ford Fusion leaving the area driven by an unknown white male. Authorities located a vehicle matching the description in the Stonegate neighborhood and placed Stonegate and Boone Meadow elementary schools, Zionsville West Middle School and Traders Point Christian Academy on lockdown as a precaution.
Schools were released with supervised dismissal, with police officers stationed in the area to monitor the situation as students left the campuses.
Zionsville Police Dept. Sgt. Adrian Martin said at this point in the investigation authorities don’t know if the vehicle is the same one used in the burglary.
“We’re trying to substantiate if the car is even part of this investigation,” he said. “For all we know it’s just a disabled vehicle.”
One female has been detained for questioning, and police are still searching for the male suspect. The investigation is ongoing.