LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Metro Police have the last piece of a puzzle into a burglary spree. A man on the run for weeks is now behind bars thanks to U.S. Marshals.
Brandon Cheatham is accused of hitting dozens of homes in Kentuckiana as well as impersonating an officer. Marshals found Cheatham in Henry County where he was staying with his grandmother. What's interesting is that police say Cheatham was just released from an Indiana prison in November and was breaking into homes within days of his release.
"We made a significant hit in our burglary ring," said LMPD Sgt. Jamey Schwab.
Cheatham dodged our camera as he was brought over to Metro Corrections Wednesday morning. He's accused of breaking into dozens of homes in the Highlands, northeast Louisville, and Jeffersontown. Cheatham was also wanted by the Oldham County police in connection with stolen property from North Oldham High School.
Police say Cheatham wasn't in it by himself. His cousin, Jennifer Cheatham, and her boyfriend, James David McGuffin, have already been arrested and are also linked to these cases.
"They almost considered themselves as Robin Hood but, they were not paying the poor but, keeping the money for themselves," said Sgt. Schwab.
The trio is accused of taking just about everything from homeowners who may have left their guard down.
"Mr. Cheatham liked jewelry he liked stuff that he could take rather easily stuff that could take in pockets pillow cases blankets," said Sgt. Schwab. "When we did make initial arrest we of James McGoffin and Jennifer Cheatham we recovered a lot of that property."
When police asked Cheatham why he was breaking into homes, he didn't hide his arrogance.
"We asked him why he was doing this and his reasoning was, if you live in a million dollar home and don't set your burglar alarm you deserved it to be broken into," said Sgt. Schwab
Jennifer Cheatham has bonded out of jail and James David McGuffin is still at Metro Corrections. Brandon Cheatham is likely to face additional charges.
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