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Crimestoppers offers reward in local store burglary case

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GREENFIELD — Crimestoppers of Central Indiana has stepped in to try to help Greenfield police solve a burglary case that has stumped local investigators since June.

Police have video of the thefts from the Verizon Wireless retail store, 1633 N. State St., from the morning of June 23, but identifying the three people who broke into the store early that morning has proven difficult.

“They’re covered head to toe,” said Detective Lt. Randy Ratliff of the Greenfield Police Department.

Surveillance footage obtained from the store shows three people entering around 5:30 a.m. through a side window after throwing a rock through the bottom half of the window to break the glass, Ratliff said.

But the burglars’ faces and bodies were covered to the point that police have not been able to determine even their race or gender, let alone a description.

The burglars were in the store less than a minute and didn’t get away with much, Ratliff said. They cut the cables attached to three smartphones and a tablet that were on display before taking the merchandise and leaving the same way they came in, he said.

Store operators discovered the break-in later that morning and contacted police, Ratliff said.

The surveillance footage is from inside the store only, so investigators don’t know whether the burglars left on foot or came in a vehicle.

Ratliff recently sent images from the surveillance footage out to area investigators in hopes someone from another agency had recently had a similar burglary that would help in identifying the suspects.

Crimestoppers of Central Indiana was on that distribution list and has now stepped in to offer a reward for a credible tip leading to the arrest of those responsible. A $1,000 reward is being offered. Anonymous tips may be made to (317) 262-8477.

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