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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) An Indianapolis neighborhood is on edge after a string of break ins. But these aren part of some normal run of the mill crime spree. A local woman says troubled teens from a nearby psychiatric treatment center are to blame. Police confirm the teens are runaways from the center who, somehow, keep getting out.
Jane Smith is scared for herself and for her neighbors. She said the teens are using a vacant house as their hangout. From the street, the house looks like any other home in her neighborhood. But she walked around the property with I Team 8, showing us what she said is evidence of the kids break ins.
She said they break out, walk to her neighborhood, and hang out in the empty house. She said the teens broke down a wall in the center and got out. Smith also said that the police said they get calls there on a continuous basis, like four or five times a day. from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department show 10 calls to that vacant house just since September 14.
broke into my son truck and took a key fob, Smith said.
Police told I Team 8 they handcuff the kids to take them back to Resource Residential Treatment Facility, but that not the end of the issue.
were back, they broke out four hours later, they were back the next morning, Smith said.
IMPD records show Resource employees meet up with officers to get the runaways and bring them back to the facility. Police records also show the kids pull the fire alarms in the facility, so the doors will unlock and they can get out.
I Team 8 went through data from the Indianapolis Fire Department. In six months, they were called to Resource 37 times.
I Team 8 reached out to Resource Residential Treatment Center,
which calls itself a psychiatric residential treatment facility for children and young adults. They denied multiple requests for interviews, instead sending the following statement:
We are proud of our long history of providing care to our patients and their families in highly structured treatment programs. Our health care professionals are committed to ensuring the physical and emotional wellbeing of our patients. Due to federal and state patient privacy and confidentiality laws, we cannot comment on any specific patient or alleged incidents. data from IMPD shows calls not just to Smith neighborhood, but also to the center itself. January through September of 2017, IMPD got almost 90 calls for runaways from Resource. Sometimes, police reported there were or runaways, or even habitual runaways. But taking the kids back to the center does not seem solve the problem.
take them back tothe resource center and they do whatever they do to get out of there, Smith said.
And she is not only worried about her safety at home.
got the police department that have a ton of stuff to do and you taking them away to go and reprimand these juveniles, she said. I think the resource center needs to find a way to secure this area, to secure these adults that have to take care of them. 8 talked with the Department of Child Services. DCS cannot speak specifically about this facility, so we asked about runaways.
of the time they contact law enforcement and let them know because obviously a child running away is a huge safety concern, said Stephanie Shene, Communications Coordinator with DCS.
I Team 8 asked what would happen if there were a significant number of runaway calls for one facility. DCS said it is something it would look into.
However, DCS cannot tell us if they looking into the number of runaways from Resource.
Until something changes or the vacant house gets rented, Smith and her neighbors will worry about the kids safety and their own.