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A Bloomington man forgot his key. So he shot his lock with a pistol.


A Bloomington man was arrested Thursday morning for shooting his front door’s lock, police said. He told officers he forgot his keys.

The Bloomington Police Department received a call around 5:30 a.m. from a woman reporting an attempted burglary. She told officers she heard gunshots and watched a man kick in the door of a neighboring apartment.

When officers arrived at the apartment in the 500 block of East Graham Place, they found that the man who kicked in the door was a tenant of the apartment.

Alveaire Lamont Lewis, 20, told officers he shot the lock of his door twice with a Glock pistol before kicking the door down because he didn’t have his keys.

Police found the pistol under Lewis’ pillow. 

Lewis told police he was in Indianapolis on Wednesday night and realized he didn’t have his keys after driving home. He then shot the lock, kicked the door down and went to sleep.

BPD Capt. Steve Kellams said there was no evidence of rounds damaging other apartments in the complex.

Lewis was charged with criminal recklessness and booked into the Monroe County Correctional Center on Thursday.

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