Glass covered the ground and personal belongings were in disarray Tuesday morning after several cars were broken into in the downtown area.
"You never think or want it to happen to you, unfortunately it has," said victim Brent Pierce Tuesday.
"My wife walked out to leave for work and found her car,” said Pierce. “The driver side window was bashed in and some stuff was rummaged through."
Pierce's wife then noticed that her husbands had been hit too.
"The window was thankfully still intact so she drove it to work and left me with hers," said Pierce.
The couple lives across the street in the Mill No. 9 Lofts and Condominiums.
Neither one of them had anything of value in the cars, but that did not stop the thieves from checking out other cars in the lot.
Indianapolis police took three reports from the incident. At this point, investigators believe this was simply a crime of opportunity.
"Somebody's gonna walk by and see a purse in a car or a laptop then they're going try and bust out your windows out and take your stuff and take off," said Officer Michael Hewitt with IMPD.
However, Pierce believes the thieves were here before.
"Last week, on the 18th, there was an incident where somebody had their car broken into similar to what was going on. I'm not sure if it was a test run or what, but one car on the 18th and 8-10 last (Monday) night."
According to Nathan Weaver, manager of 45 Restaurant, this type of activity is rare for College and Mass Ave.
"It's pretty mellow over here. Not too crazy,” said Weaver. “We've only had a couple of incidents of car break ins and stuff like that, over the past four years, pretty minimal really. This area is pretty well traveled with a lot of people and a lot of cars driving by. It is surprising for sure."
Police are investigating, but they advise the best thing people can do is lock their cars and not leave anything of value inside in plain sight.
Local authorities investigate several car break-ins downtown
We've upgraded our reader commenting system. Learn more about the new features.
The Baltimore Sun encourages civil dialogue related to our stories; you must register and log-in to our site in order to participate. We reserve the right to remove any user and to delete comments that violate our Terms of Service. By commenting, you agree to these terms. Please flag inappropriate comments.