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LMPD meets with neighbors after more than a dozen burglaries in the Highlands

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Judy Smith Judy Smith
More than 100 people packed the Douglass Community Center. More than 100 people packed the Douglass Community Center.
Mark Fox Mark Fox

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – More than a dozen home burglaries in one neighborhood makes Louisville Metro Police and neighbors to take notice.

More than 100 people packed the Douglass Community Center Thursday night for a meeting.

While they believe several different people are responsible for all of these home break-ins, police say the one thing they all have in common is that they are heroin driven.

Judy Smith has been staying at her friend, Lynne Kelly's home in the Highlands and their troubles started two weeks ago. "The guy came to the front door and knocked on it real loud and I didn't get to right away," said Smith.

By the time she got to the back door, Smith says she saw the man trying to break-in. She was able to scare him off, that time.

"He came back on a Saturday, this past Saturday, it wasn't even a week and broke in," said Smith. "I was gone about an hour and a half and he broke in."

Smith and Kelly weren't alone. LMPD says on Saturday a burglar hit five homes in the same neighborhood, on top of a dozen or more in the last couple months.

"The things were dealing with now are folks that have an addiction that are looking for things that can turn into quick money for a quick fix," said Major Mark Fox, LMPD.

That's why more than a hundred people turned out for a neighborhood meeting with Fifth Division Louisville Metro Police officers.

"I want to make sure that the residents of this community, number one knew there was a problem, number two knew what we as law enforcement are doing about it, and number three give them some tips how they can make themselves less apt to be a victim," said Fox.

Major Fox says the majority of the home break-ins happen during the day between 9:00 a.m. and noon. He says usually the burglar will knock to see if someone is home and he says the best thing to do is to let them know if you are.

"All we can do it what we can do," said Kelly. "Keep our eyes open and make calls when we see something suspicious."

Police tell us they are paying extra close attention to these neighborhoods in the Highlands that have been most targeted.

Police also encourage residents to get a security assessment, where an officer will come out and check to see how secure your home is. This is a free service and all you have to do is call your police division.

Police have already arrested two people they believe are responsible for some of the break-ins, David McGuffin and Jennifer Cheatham.

They are still looking for Brandon Cheatham. Police also tell us they are very close to arresting another suspect connected to the five burglaries on Saturday.

If you have any information that could help you are asked to call (502) 574-LMPD.

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