Car break-ins reported in Center Grove, New Whiteland areas

Police are investigating a string of car break-ins in New Whiteland and the Center Grove area.

Shortly after 7:30 a.m. Monday, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office investigated a car break-in at the parking lot at Southland Community Church on Smith Valley Road near State Road 37, according to a report from the sheriff’s office.

The car had its driver’s side window shattered and the purse belonging to the owner was stolen, the report said.

Less than a mile south, the sheriff’s office investigated two break-ins in the parking lot of the Ss. Francis and Claire Church at Olive Branch and Mullinix roads, according to the report.

One of those vehicles also had the driver’s side window busted out, according to the report. Both vehicles had purses stolen from them while the drivers were inside the church, according to the reports.

In New Whiteland, police investigated two car break-ins Tuesday morning after residents found their vehicles rummaged through and only loose change stolen, New Whiteland interim police chief Joe Rynerson said.

The two car break-ins in New Whiteland occurred inside a subdivision located between Sawmill Road and U.S. 31. Both of the cars were unlocked, Rynerson said.

Corey Elliot is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2719.