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Police searching for serial burglar targeting homes

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The home the man broke into. The home the man broke into.
The screen that was pried off. The screen that was pried off.
The neighborhood the woman lives in. The neighborhood the woman lives in.
Harriett Bischoff Harriett Bischoff

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Metro Police hope you can help them catch a serial burglar targeting a wide area of homes.

Lieutenant Chip Jones with the 7th Division said the suspect has broken into at least 16 homes in the last month. Jones said there is not one specific area he's targeting, but many have been in the Fern Creek, Okolona and Highview neighborhoods.

Harriett Bischoff has lived in Highview for decades with no issues, until the Friday before last when she left a little after 9 a.m. to go shopping. She came back less than two hours later to find her back door open and the screen on her window pried off. "I felt very violated afterwards," said Bishcoff who said the person took all her gold jewelry and diamond rings. Some of which she said cannot be replaced. "They took my great-grandfather's gold pocket watch. They took my husband's father's pocket watch. Those things will be definitely missed."

Bischoff's break-in has a lot of characteristics similar to the ones Jones said they believe are connected to the same man they are investigating who is stealing jewelry and small electronics. Jones said he is driving a distinctive black Volkswagen Jetta type car. "The vehicle stands out a little bit in that it has front and rear end damage, possibly from an accident," said Jones. "Some reports indicate he may have been using a temporary spare tire."

Jones describes the man as thin, pale and white with a buzz cut and some type of birthmark on the left side of his face. Jones said the reports are sporadic, but more frequent lately. He suggests homeowners keep their windows and doors locked as well as document their valuables. "Write down serial numbers, makes and models, things like that," he said. "If you have jewelry, make sure you're coordinating with your insurance company on waivers. Take photographs."

Bischoff said she wonders if there was more she could have done to avoid being a victim, "I wish that I would have not left it so easy for them, like leaving things all in one jewelry box."

If you have any information that could help police find the car, or the person they believe is driving it, you can call the anonymous tip line at (502) 574-LMPD.

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