A longtime Indianapolis jeweler is recovering from a bullet wound after struggling with a home invasion robber in the bedroom of his north side home late Saturday night.
Gary Thrapp, owner of G. Thrapp Jewelers in the 5600 block of North Illinois Street, was shot once in the abdomen after robbers entered his home through an open back patio door.
“I jumped up from a sound asleep and was face-to-face with one of them,” Thrapp told Fox 59 News during an exclusive phone interview from his hospital bed.
“I wrestled with one guy who seemed to be shouting out the orders and he shot his pistol and there were three rounds and one of them was point blank into my mid-section.
“I think the first thing that they mentioned as they walked through was, ‘Where is the jewelry and cash?’
Thrapp said he jumped out of bed and fought with the gunman hand-to-hand and was shot.
“I’m on the floor and they’re detaining my wife and they’re looking for the jewelry and cash and want to get out and make it quick.”
Thrapp estimates the robbers were in his home for ten minutes.
He thinks his house was targeted by the robbers.
“I don’t know how they would think my home’s a destination and you would not go back there unless you had business to.”
Thrapp said in his 30 years in the jewelry business he’s never faced such an assault and speculates his profession may have led to the attack.
“I don’t think its something I can discount,” he said. “I think jewelry stores probably are targeted but there’s a huge distinction between being targeted at my jewelry store and being targeted at my home.”
Thrapp has not yet spoken to metro police detectives and therefore hasn’t released a description of the robbers.
At least five times in the last two years metro area jewelers have been robbed and one, David Pedigo, was shot to death inside his Fountain Square store.
Kokomo police recently arrested two men from Indianapolis who were wanted for an attempted smash-and-grab robbery at a north side Marion County jewelry story.