Sheriff: Repeat offender back in jail for burglary charges

Sheriff: Repeat offender back in jail for burglary charges
Published: Mar. 18, 2015 at 10:04 PM EDT|Updated: May. 3, 2015 at 1:19 AM EDT
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Michael Reece (Source: LMDC)
Michael Reece (Source: LMDC)
During one burglary alone at a Spencer County home, Reece is accused of stealing nearly $50,000...
During one burglary alone at a Spencer County home, Reece is accused of stealing nearly $50,000 worth of jewelry, shoes and purses.
Spencer County Sheriff Buddy Stump (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Spencer County Sheriff Buddy Stump (Source: WAVE 3 News)

TAYLORSVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A repeat offender was taken into custody for burglary charges. A type of crime the suspect, Michael Reece, has already spent years in prison for.

Reece, 37, was arrested on March 9 after a car chase in Interstate 265 and foot pursuit. Detectives believe he is responsible for stealing more than $100,000 worth of stuff.

"He was found a few minutes later in a barn close to the area," Spencer County Sheriff Buddy Stump said.

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For weeks, detectives with the Spencer County Sheriff's Office kept close watch on a home on Dodson Lane in Jefferson County. They believed Reece, who was living with friends, was responsible for nearly a dozen burglaries in multiple surrounding counties.

"There had been quite a bit of traffic, but didn't know what was going on," neighbor Ellen Hillard said.

After police raided the home, neighbors were relieved.

"I'm glad they've caught them if they are doing something wrong," Hillard said.

During one burglary alone at a Spencer County home, Reece is accused of stealing nearly $50,000 worth of jewelry, shoes and purses.

"Very expensive designer stuff that was taken from that home, they made a pretty big hit there at that place," Stump said.

Some of the stolen property recovered could fill an entire garage including guns, tools and jewelry. Police also arrested Steven Pike and Cathy West, who were also living in the Dodson Lane home.

"They didn't care what it was, if they liked it they took it," Stump said.

This isn't the first time WAVE 3 News has reported on Reece. In 2007, he was arrested for the same crimes in Bullitt County and those happened right after he was released from prison. He was locked up for several years after that and released in September of 2014, but his freedom didn't last long.

"Unfortunately some people don't learn their lesson, they get involved in drugs and they come back to the only way of life that they really know and they get back involved in it again and the real losers are the victims that we have who get their homes broken into and their stuff taken," said Stump.

Reece faces numerous charges. He's being held at Louisville Metro Department of Corrections and detectives expect to file more charges in connection to these burglaries.

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