LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A steady stream of break-in victims made their way into Louisville Metro Police Tuesday. They're hoping part of a haul of stolen goods police found Monday is theirs.
So far, investigators have linked Gary Stephen Adkins, Jr., 27, to at least a dozen break-ins and they expect that number to grow.
They say he had a pretty good game going, knocking on doors in the Louisville's east end and Oldham County, and then going in when no one answered. They say Monday one woman helped catch him.
"Usually when somebody does something, they've done it before," said LMPD 8th division Detective John Blumenschein.
He says Adkins didn't get all of the stolen goods that police found in one haul, but it was just one break-in that got him caught.
"This lady was home but she just didn't answer the door and so she saw him," Blumenschein said.
He says Adkins knocked on the front door of a house near Lake Forest Monday, then the side door and finally tried to kick in the back door. The woman who lives there says that's when she and her son ran out, saw Adkins' car and called police. An officer stopped Adkins' car about a mile away.
"We started looking around and the car was full, the car was full of jewelry and all kinds of things like that," Blumenschein said.
Police say Adkins let them search his apartment too and they found more jewelry, guns, gaming systems, and other stolen loot.
They say he worked for a security company, which he may have used to find houses to target. They add he knocked on doors to find out if the house was vacant.
"A burglar what he'll do is ... he'll knock real well, make sure you're not there and then he's coming in, " Blumenschein said, "so it's good to let them know that you are there ... Try and grab a phone, just in case you need to call 911 and then through the door, just say, 'May I help you? What do you want,' and then if they say anything that you don't think's right, you can call the police."
Police say they have a pretty good idea of whose stolen items they have so they don't need anyone to call in. They'll be contacting victims who they think are linked to Adkins' crimes.