NEWS STAFF REPORTER
Services were held Tuesday in Indiana for a Jamestown native who was shot to death during a home invasion at his suburban Indianapolis residence.
Thomas Tefft, 67, was found dead early Friday morning in his home, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
A local 911 operator received a call at 6:40 a.m. about a burglary in progress. That call was made by Tefft’s 67-year-old wife, Laura, who had grabbed a cellphone and locked herself in a bathroom while her husband investigated a disturbance at their home.
Before officers arrived, Laura Tefft reported hearing a single gunshot, according to police reports.
The first officer on the scene found the garage door up and the door leading to the home open. Tefft’s body was found just inside the door, police said.
A car had been taken from the garage, police said. The victim’s wife gave officers a description of the intruder, whose face was concealed by a mask.
Born in Jamestown, Tefft had grown up working in the family business, Tefft Glass of Dunkirk, which he took over at age 16 after his father died.
Looking for a change of scenery after their two children were grown, the couple moved to the Indianapolis area in 1996, according to an obituary that appeared in the Indianapolis Star. Tefft found work there as a glazier at an Indianapolis business.
Their son, Wade, lives in Colorado, and their daughter, Lynn Hoff, lives in Illinois. The two appeared before local media Sunday in their parents’ Far Northside neighborhood, appealing for help in solving the murder.
“There is a cold-blooded murderer loose in the streets of the city tonight,” Wade Tefft said, according to a report in the Indianapolis Star. “He needs to be found and brought to justice.”