Indiana Jeweler Shot in Home Invasion

On Sept. 15, Gary Thrapp, owner of G. Thrapp Jewelers in Indianapolis, was shot twice in the abdomen after two robbers entered his home, according to news reports.

Thrapp is recovering in the hospital after having surgery Sunday morning, and according to the store’s Facebook page, he “is in good spirits and good humor.”

According to Thrapp’s interview with Fox 59 News, he awoke to the robbers attacking him. The armed men detained Thrapp’s wife while searching his home for jewelry and cash. Thrapp attempted to wrestle with one of the robbers, but the suspect fired three rounds of gunshots, one of which struck Thrapp in the abdomen.

Thrapp makes clear in his interview he believes that the robbers targeted him because he is a jeweler. “Jewelers are at risk from crime 24/7, and need to follow rigorous security procedures at their homes as well as at their businesses,” says John Kennedy, president of Jewelers’ Security Alliance. “JSA receives reports of home invasions of jewelers several times each year, and these invasions are among the most dangerous type of incidents a jeweler can face, since it can involve a jeweler’s family and loved ones.”

The Indianapolis Police Department declined to comment to JCK regarding the case, but according to local news reports, the two male suspects are still at large and the department considers them armed and dangerous. One suspect is being described as a black man wearing dark clothing, but no details on the second suspect have been released.

Anyone with information on the shooting should contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477.