Clay County residents have lost thousands of dollars to burglars and there doesn't seem to be any end in site.
The house and garage thefts began over the summer and are widespread, said Sheriff Rob Carter today.
"There are very, very widespread thefts throughout the entire county," Carter said this morning.
Indiana State Police arrested two men and that slowed thefts of all-terrain vehicles and four-wheelers in the southern third of the county. But, thefts of construction-grade tools continue in the county's mid-section. Items taken are goods that are easy to sell, Carter said.
"We have reason to believe it's a group of young men responsible for the crimes," Carter said. "We have suspects but we're not ready to move on them yet."
Residents can protect themselves. Sheriff Carter suggested:
- Telling the sheriff's department if you will be away from home for more than a day. If notified, the deputies will pay special attention to those homes.
- Vary your schedule.
The thieves have been working in daylight. They watch people's home until they think everyone has left and then knock on the door. If no one answers, they break in.
- Purchase an inexpensive burglar alarm. Any that makes a loud noise seems to be effective, scaring burglars away before the break-in is noticed by police or neighbors.
In an unrelated matter, Carter said the county police's two-way tower that was damaged in recent storms is being replaced. The new unit should be installed Wednesday.