INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis family is frustrated and looking for answers after the people who stole their minivan got away and it was all caught on camera.
The car was stolen on Nov. 29 from a parking garage on South Meridian Street in downtown Indianapolis.
The man who owns the minivan said he used the built-in GPS system to track it down several days later.
“Adrenaline started pumping and I just didn't really know what to think,” said Luke Landgrebe, when he got to the area of 38th and North Illinois streets and saw people inside the minivan.
He said he called the police. When an officer arrived the people who were inside the car ran away. Landgrebe recorded them on his cell phone, but they were able to get away.
According to IMPD, victim and officer safety is the number one priority in situations like this. They said Landgrebe did the right thing by keeping his distance and calling the police when he found the car.
They said the officer on scene called for backup and they tried to find the two adults and three young people who were in the car, but they got away.
IMPD says they did not use a K-9, SWAT teams, or a drone to locate them because this was not a felony crime.
Landgrebe said they have the car back now, but it has major damage to it.
He’s hoping those responsible are caught.
“It is terrifying really just to know that this is our future, and the kids are getting taught that this is ok and it's a fun game, but they will do it again, and eventually somebody will get hurt,” said Landgrebe.
Anyone with information about this case or the people in the video is asked to call IMPD North District detectives at 317-327-6100.