Surveillance cameras capture images of burglary attempt

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Clear images captured by a home security camera could help police identify a burglary suspect.

The would-be thief is recorded trying to destroy a camera before he breaks a window at the house.

It happened in broad daylight Wednesday morning at a home in the 4200 block of Archer Court on the east side.

The recording first captures the suspect in front of the home as he walked across the driveway in front of the motion-activated cameras.

One of the residents was asleep in an upstairs bedroom.

“I don’t want anything to happen to my family, yet alone my home,” said Shareka Harlin.

Next, the video shows the young suspect walking around the house. He tried to knock down a camera mounted on an exterior rear corner but it was out of reach.

Harlin had installed cameras to keep burglars out but the video shows a thief who seems determined to get in.

He continues his quest even after probably realizing he’s being recorded.

Fortunately for the investigation, the burglar looked directly one of the cameras, leaving a clear image. He’s shown carrying a backpack which the victims suspect he planned to fill with their personal belongings.

Eventually, the suspect went to another side of the home and broke out a window. The sound not only set off an audible alarm, it also sent an alert to Shareka’s cell phone.

“There is so much going on in this world today,” Harlin said. “He didn’t get in to break or steal anything, but it’s scary.”

She hopes someone recognizes him, not just to make the neighborhood safe, but also for his own good.

“You could have gotten killed,” she said. “You could have done something but thank God nothing happened.”

“He needs some talking to,” Harlin added.

If you recognize the suspect, call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS. All calls to the Crime Stoppers hotline are confidential, and if your tip leads to an arrest you will receive a cash reward.