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Thieves hit cars of Drumstick Dash runners in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS – Police say thieves targeting the cars of runners participating in a popular Indianapolis foot race have made off with laptops, wallets and cell phones.

WRTV-TV ( reports that the thieves smashed the windows of cars parked at a shopping mall Thursday morning. The mall provided parking for runners in the annual Drumstick Dash through the Broad Ripple neighborhood on the city’s north side.

Police said at least 20 cars were broken into. One belonged to an Illinois state trooper whose badge and gun were stolen.

Investigators found blood from one of the thieves on one of the broken car windows.

The mall was closed at the time of the break-ins.

The race was expected to draw more than 15,000 participants and raise more than $500,000 for a homeless shelter.