Plainfield Police said two people arrested for stealing a TV and jewelry from a home in broad daylight are part of an increase in daytime crime they've noticed in the past few months.
On Sept. 5, Mildred Mills' house in the Walnut Hill neighborhood was broken into and burglarized while she wasn't home. Her neighbor's son, Adam Fish, just happened to be outside as the thieves carried out a 52" TV and placed it into a vehicle parked along Stafford Road behind the Mills' home.
Without a second thought, Fish said he got into his car and followed the vehicle, taking note of the license plate number. Then he called his father, Doug Fish, to check on Mills' home.
"He just asked me to go outside and see if the neighbor’s door was open," explained Doug Fish, who found the back door left wide open and called 911.
When Plainfield officers got to the Mills' house, they found a brochure in one of the rooms. Another neighbor said she had seen two people handing out brochures earlier in the day.
Police eventually arrested Robert Deaton and Laura Hancock for burglary.
Lt. Jill Lees with Plainfield police told Fox59, more and more thieves are choosing daylight hours to commit crimes.
"Definitely in the past few months, we've seen more daytime activity," said Lees. "Now, we're back in school, the kids are gone, people are working. There's no one in the neighborhood to keep... watch like there is at night or you know in the evening time when everybody's at home."
She said it's going to take bolder and smarter neighbors like Adam and Doug Fish to stop them in their tracks. Lees recommends neighborhoods form watch groups and stay in close contact with local police.
"It's scary," said Adam Fish. "It's scary to know that those type of people are out there, especially during a busy time of day on a main road."
Thieves striking more in broad daylight, police say
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