Johnson County authorities investigate vehicle break-ins

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a slew of vehicle break-ins. Sheriff Doug Cox says it appears the crimes occurred late Tuesday night and/or early Wednesday morning.

One incident happened in the 200 block of Fairfax Lane in Greenwood. Cox says that a resident found that a landscaping block had been thrown through the passenger-side window of his SUV. The thief was able to get away with high-school girl’s purse, a drivers learner’s permit, Center Grove School ID card, keys and approximately $15 in cash.

Sheriff Cox says that about 45 minutes after responding to the first call, deputies were called to the 5400 block of Tracey Jo Court in Greenwood. The owner of a truck told police that someone had gone through his unlocked vehicle, stealing five watches valued at $1,200.

At about 3:30 Wednesday afternoon, deputies were called to the 5100 block of Heckman Drive in Greenwood. Sheriff Cox says that a man told police that he had heard a car door slam shut at around 4 a.m. that day. When he went out to investigate, the man told deputies that he saw someone in his car. The suspect then got into a older, dark-colored SUV. The man followed the suspect’s vehicle until it stopped at a dead-end and activated its flashers. The resident told investigators that he did not have his cell phone, so he wrote down the SUV’s license plate number. Cox says that the plate number came back as belonging to a passenger car out of Lafayette.When the man returned home, he reported that a tablet belonging to his place of employment was stolen.

You are urged to keep your vehicles locked and any valuables kept safely in your home. If you have any information on these cases, or the suspect’s vehicle, call the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department at (317) 736-9155.