Would-be 'Apprentice' figures Facebook plea, reward, might trump home's burglars

Published: Apr. 8, 2016 at 8:55 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 15, 2016 at 9:56 PM EDT
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Here are some of the items taken from Lamkin's home. (Source: Facebook)
Here are some of the items taken from Lamkin's home. (Source: Facebook)
Here is Lamkin's plea for the return of the items taken from his home. (Source: Facebook)
Here is Lamkin's plea for the return of the items taken from his home. (Source: Facebook)

HURSTBOURNE, KY (WAVE) -  Figuratively, financial planner Mark Lamkin's golden retrievers Cash and Duke might be in the doghouse.

"Why didn't you stop him?" Lamkin asked Cash on Friday, his grin as wide as the swish of his canine's tail. "Why didn't you bite him?"

"Him" easily could be a "her," or "them."

All Lamkin knows for certain is that his home suffered a burglary between 9 and 11 a.m. Tuesday morning, and the thieve, or thieves, stole more than thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and two high-caliber handguns.

"It's the violation of your wife and daughter, not wanting to be in their home," Lamkin told WAVE 3 News. "I want to catch who did it."

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He figures the life-lessons are as powerful as the words now-Presidential candidate Donald Trump delivered face-to-face, before a nationwide audience, when Lamkin was part of a quadruple-elimination in the sixth episode of the fourth season of NBC's 'The Apprentice.'

"You didn't sell a single thing," Trump told him. "And again, we've never had a team do so badly. You're fired!"

Tuesday, Lamkin learned all deadbolts aren't created equal.

"They (the burglar, or burglars) took a screwdriver, wedged it between the deadbolt and door," Lamkin said. "Within three seconds, it pops and they're in."

Cash and Duke likely were barking, but Lamkin believes the thief, or thieves, locked the master bedroom door to keep them out, allowing free reign of the master suite.

"They left the costume jewelry," he said. "What they took, I hadn't put on the insurance schedule. That's not gonna be covered."

But that's not the reason he's pleading his case on his Facebook page.

"All I want is that cheap $500 wedding ring, engagement ring that I bought my wife 25 years ago," Lamkin said. "And that person convicted, and I'll pay $10,000."

Lamkin has added an alarm system, with motion-sensitive cameras he can monitor via cell-phone.  He's canvassed his neighbors - for in spring, thoughts of a homeowner in a high-end subdivision often turn to landscaping, remodeling and moving - frequently using outside contractors.

His Facebook posting has gone viral. However, "likes" and "shares" are trumping leads.

The odds are long. Last year, the Louisville Metro Police Department received reports of more than 6,400 burglaries. None were in Lamkin's neighborhood, though. LMPD had logged only 11 break-ins in his Lamkin's zip code this year.

"Typically LMPD doesn't get involved with rewards, so we will not be commenting," spokeswoman Alicia Smiley told WAVE 3 News via text message.

"Things can be replaced," Lamkin said. "The ring, the sentiment, your peace of mind, can't. That's why I'm doing this."

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