Sheriff investigating 3 incidents in rural area of Greenwood

Daily Journal staff reports

Early Monday morning, a resident chased a man off his property east of Greenwood, and police think the case could be connected to at least two other reports this weekend.

All three reports came from the Rocklane area, east of Greenwood in a more rural area of the county.

About 6 a.m. Monday, sheriff’s deputies were called to a home on Campbell Road, just off Rocklane Road. The homeowners heard a noise and saw a man inside one of their vehicles and a car in their driveway, according to a report from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

The resident ran out of the home and confronted the man, who got into the other vehicle to leave. The resident hit the other vehicle with a metal object, leaving a dent, the report said. The homeowners then found $15 in change was missing from their vehicle, the report said.

Two other reports were made over the weekend from two nearby homes, which are believed to have happened Saturday night.

At another home on Campbell Road, the homeowners found someone had stolen their garage door opener, keys to one of their vehicles and a 9mm magazine, the report said.

And on Griffith Road, also off Rocklane Road, a woman reported someone had busted out a window of a vehicle, but nothing appeared to be missing, the report said.

Investigators suspect the reports could be related, since that is a rural area that rarely has any issues, Sheriff Doug Cox said.

The sheriff’s office is investigating.

Anyone with information about thefts from vehicles or vehicle break-ins in the area, or who saw anything suspicious in the area should call the sheriff’s office. Investigators also are looking for the vehicle damaged by the homeowner, Cox said.

The resident could tell the vehicle was older and had rectangular headlights, the report said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 317-346-4604.