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Police: 3 people may be responsible for 200 burglaries in So. Indiana

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Marty Starnes Marty Starnes
Floyd County Sheriff Darrell Mills Floyd County Sheriff Darrell Mills

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – Police say three people may be responsible for up to 200 burglaries in Kentuckiana. One man is now behind bars in Floyd County.

The Floyd County Sheriff's Office says they can confirm the group is responsible for nearly 40 burglaries in their county, but they also believe they are linked to a string in Clark, Harrison, and Scott counties.

"They had every drawer open up, stuff dumped out, I mean every box was empty,"

Marty Starnes is the owner of A & M Auction Service in Edwardsville and three weeks ago, thieves targeted his business. They swiped all kinds of vintage items, from coins to jewelry to sports memorabilia, like a basketball with autographs from Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.

"They even stole the candy bars out of the refrigerator," said Starnes.

He was missing a total worth around $8,000. 

"This is how we make our living," said Starnes. "This feeds my family.  It's just taking food off the table for my son, my wife, and my step daughter."

But fortunately, some of Starnes' belongings were recovered and it soon became clear, he wasn't the only one hit.

"We learned from the investigation that they had been doing burglaries approximately six to 10 a week since January of this year," said Floyd County Sheriff Darrell Mills.

Mills says Sunday night 30-year-old Richard Mullins of Charlestown was arrested, thanks to a home owner who noticed two men breaking into his property next door. He followed the car until police were able to make an arrest. Through the investigation, the sheriff's office realized Mullins kept a book of all the places they had been and were planning to go.

"We dubbed them the Internet burglars," said Mills.  That's because Mills says these guys were especially interested in vacant houses, where they would strip the copper wiring to sell. Mills says they were found on real estate websites.

As for Starnes, he's glad an arrest was made.  "It makes me feel good," said Starnes. "I hope they put him away for life and catch the rest of them."

If you have any information about this case you are asked to call the Floyd County Sheriff's Office.

Mullins is scheduled to be in court on Wednesday.

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