By Mary Giorgio
In November 1981, expensive jewelry began to disappear from wealthy residences on Indianapolis’s Northside. Police soon realized that they had a serial burglar on their hands. By the time he was caught in March 1982, “The Northside Cat Burglar” had targeted as many as 88 homes in the area.
The crime spree that had begun in Indianapolis soon spread into southern Hamilton County, including the city of Carmel, Indiana. The burglar was after jewelry – rings, earrings, diamonds, gold, precious gems. Rarely were any other items stolen. In all, police later estimated that at least $1 million worth of jewelry was stolen.
Residents of burglarized neighborhoods worried the cat burglar would be back. Clues were scarce for police investigators. Matching shoe prints at a few houses linked the crime to a single man.