IMPD is investigating reports of cars that were broken into on Black Friday.
According to IMPD, it happened overnight, as shoppers hit the stores. Officer Ted Cragen said they had reports of 6 cars broken into, parked at the Castleton Square Mall. He said they had reports of other cars broken into at other shopping plaza's. According to the report, items were taken such as a stereo, purse, Cd's and toys, among other items. Officer Cragen said shoppers need to do their part to help out.
"I would much rather come out and investigate something and it turn out to be nothing than come out 20 minutes late and have four cars that were broken into," he said.
One shopper we spoke with said she took extra precautions after watching an earlier report on FOX 59. "I probably wouldn't have been as cautious about it, but since I heard about that on the news this morning ....anything you can do to protect yourself is goign to be the best choice," Leah Wirkkala said. "It kinda puts a damper on the holidays, if you have stuff like that happen," she continued.
FOX 59 caught some shoppers placing their items in their trunk. While others used blankets and coats to try to cover the items they purchased. "Just un case someone is looking and we just don't want them to see we leave everything underneath -all the time. So, people don't see electronics and things and give them anymore chance," the shopper said.
"There definitely was an increase last night because some of the stores here open at different hours," Officer Cragen said. Cragen said they see break-ins throughout the Castleton area year round, but does notice an increase during the holiday season.