LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police think burglars breaking into southern Indiana homes may be using a child to help them steal. "I've never encountered a case where someone's taking a kid into a burglary situation," said Detective George Shultz with the Floyd County Sheriff's Department.
Police say what makes this dangerous is the timing. They say the burglars are hitting homes in the morning when people are awake and getting ready for work.
One man was caught on a home surveillance system stealing a television. Off in the background, you can see a figure in camo patterned clothing, and police believe he may be a juvenile. "If that is a juvenile, we're concerned for his safety," said Shultz.
Detectives with the Floyd County Sheriff's Department say the thieves hit at least three homes Thursday off Highway 150 in Greenville, Indiana, hopping from one house to the next, stealing a tv, car stereo, guns and tools. It all started around 6 in the morning. "It's very concerning, the time of the day they're breaking into houses, 6,7 o'clock, most people are in their residence, drinking coffee making breakfast, getting their kids ready for the day," said Shultz.
In the case where the surveillance pictures were taken, the homeowners were not at home. But another burglary scene became a scary morning for a dad who was home with his kids. "They threw a brick through his front door and he heard the commotion woke up, man was in the hallway," Shultz explained.
Detectives say the suspects were trying to get away with a moped and air compressor, but the homeowner scared them away. "He startled them enough they dropped both items and took off," said Shultz.
"When someone breaks into someone's house when they're home, the probability of someone getting injured whether it's the suspect or the homeowner, it's very high," said Shultz. There may be three suspects driving a white truck. One neighbor thinks he spotted it Thursday morning. "About 7:30 in the morning I saw a white pickup truck racing through our neighborhood which is one way in, one way out. Didn't didn't know what was going on, don't normally have that action in our neighborhood," said Tony Garrett. "Now we're the connecting dots," said Garrett.
Detectives hope someone watching connects the dots--between the white truck--and the people in the pictures. "The pictures aren't that great, but if you know somebody you can sometimes identify them by their body shape and the silhouette of their face. If they know that person has a kid and drives a white truck or has access to a white truck, even better," said Shultz.
If you have any tips, call the Floyd County Sheriff's Department. Detectives say they have already received tips, and will follow up on any information that comes in.
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