VANDERBURGH CO., IN (WFIE) - Over the last three weeks, Vanderburgh County deputies have been called to 20 break-ins on just the northeast side.
Most of them are car break-ins, but a few are home break-ins.
“They can literally go driveway to driveway and just flip the car handles, hoping one’s unlocked," Sheriff Dave Wedding said.
People in northside neighborhoods are on alert.
“I know one guy had a window shattered out out here," Ryan Bottoms, a neighbor said.
The most recent target was Bridlewood neighborhood off Boonville New Harmony.
Authorities told us - thieves targeted them early Sunday morning.
Now the Sheriff’s Office is looking for this suspect captured by one of the victims surveillance cameras.
Neighbors said this isn’t the first time thieves have hit Bridlewood.
“There’s been a lot of break ins happening neighbors across the street had their cars broke into," Bottoms said.
Sheriff Wedding said the best way to protect yourself is to lock your doors, remove any valuables, and leave outdoor lights on if possible.
“We’ve noticed a lot of handguns stolen from cars, purses, phones, computers, book bags briefcases,” he said.
Or better yet - don’t leave items in your car at all.
“If it’s in your car, it can get stolen," Sheriff Wedding said.
Wedding will speak at the Oak Hill Neighborhood Association meeting Monday night at 6:30 at Oaklyn Library.
He’ll discuss the recent break-ins there.
Several of the thefts have been from unlocked cars.
Deputies remind residents to take valuables inside and lock your doors.