North side jeweler continues recovery after being shot during home robbery
Gary Thrapp was shot once in the abdomen after he struggled with the men who invaded his bedroom.
Thrapp is the owner of G. Thrapp Jewelers in the 5600 block of North Illinois Street.
"I'm so doggone busy I'd like to be back there this afternoon, but they've kind of indicated to me that that's not going to happen," Thrapp said.
More than half dozen times in the past couple years metro area jewelers have been targeted by thieves and robbers.
Now jewelers are afraid someone is following them home.
"We try to take care of each other since there seems to be a shortage of anyone looking out for us," said Bob McGee, owner of McGee's Jewelers in Greenwood and president of the Indiana Jewelers Association.
"Our industry puts out bulletins and suggests maybe we need to take alternate routes every day when we go home."
McGee's store was burglarized in the early morning hours of last April 22 as thieves cut a hole through the roof of his strip mall location.
"It happened to be connected to a very organized criminal group out of Miami, Columbians and Cubans,” McGee said. “This particular group had an inside man who was a fence in Miami who actually worked in the jewelry industry."
McGee said by the next day three stolen watches and a diamond were discovered in a Florida pawn shop.
As of late Monday morning, Thrapp had not yet spoken to an IMPD detective assigned to the case.
"It would be nice if they had an opportunity to put together some evidence, if there is any evidence, to do it while the trail is still hot…before it goes cold. But I'm sure they'll get to it when they're ready."
IMPD has refused comment on the case in order to, "protect the integrity of the investigation."
No description of the suspects has been released.