‘Oh my God’: Indianapolis car theft suspect leaves selfie behind

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis police are looking for an armed car thief they say attacked a woman outside an assisted living center in broad daylight on the southeast side.

Fortunately, police said the woman was able to give them a clear clue to work with.

“I was in shock but really scared. Really scared,” Megan Whisler said.

He was sitting in the parking lot of an assisted living center in his 2005 Ford Five Hundred at around 10 am on Monday morning while his mother was inside visiting a relative.

Within minutes, a gunman approached the driver’s side window.

“I couldn’t even form a thought. So I turned off my car and said, ‘Get up. I think he wanted me to get into the passenger seat. I don’t know if he was up to something more sinister or just asking me not to make a scene and scream. But I didn’t want to go anywhere with him,” Whisler said.

Car theft victim's car
Image of victim’s car caught on security camera

Instead he got out of the car and gave her the keys.

“And he just grabbed my phone from my hand and got into my car. And I literally watched him.”

The man then got into his car.

When police investigated, they tracked Whisler’s phone and found it about 15 minutes away. The suspect threw this in a neighborhood.

But Whisler says that when he got his phone back, he realized the suspect had left a big clue about the phone.

“I looked and said, ‘Oh my God. This is the person who literally robbed me and took my car today.”

Picture of car theft suspect, courtesy of Megan Whisler

The photo above was on his phone when Whisler got it back. He thinks his phone is making noise while pinging after the car theft. He thought the sound might have frightened him, and accidentally took a selfie when he picked up the phone to investigate.

Daniel Rosenberg is with Crime Stoppers. He knows car theft is on the rise in Indianapolis.

“We have to make sure no one like this is roaming our streets,” said Rosenberg.

Whisler isn’t worried about his car or the stuff inside. He says he wants the car thief to be stopped before he strikes again.

“I consider myself very lucky to have gotten rid of my life and anything it takes is replaceable,” he said. “Who can say that the next time you do this, you won’t have the same result?”

Investigators say it’s too soon to say whether the suspect was linked to other car thefts or other crimes in the area.

If you recognize the man in the picture or the car, call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477.).

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