LMPD searching for yard decoration thieves

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Published: Jun. 12, 2018 at 4:35 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 12, 2018 at 11:40 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Metro Police are asking for help in finding a thief or thieves responsible for stealing yard furniture and decorations.

LMPD Major Aubrey Gregory said it is a bizarre string of thefts in the Highlands and he sees a pattern.

Gregory said since Thursday, LMPD has received about 30 theft reports from homes.

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"People are coming in and taking, like, patio furniture, lawn chairs, bird baths, and even yard gnomes," he said. "And the strange thing about that is, that stuff is hard to trace."

It may seem like random yard decorations being stolen, but one woman said a sentimental item is now gone.

"It was the last thing I bought with my mother," victim Missy said. "My mother has been gone a while and someone just came up into my yard and stole it."

Missy lives on Alta Avenue and said she is too shaken up to give her last name.

She reported the theft to police on Saturday. She said it weighs hundreds of pounds.

"They had to have at least three or four people, big, to pick it up," Missy said.

Missy suspects a group of thieves, and so does Major Gregory.

"It's moving around, and it hasn't stayed in one spot," Gregory said. "We have the constant repetitive pattern -- four or five a night from yards or back yards."

The thefts started on Thursday night in Gardiner Lane and since have not stopped. They've made their way north to Belknap and Bonnycastle.

"Usually when something like this happens it doesn't stop until you catch them," Gregory said.

Police have not received any surveillance video of the suspects.

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Victims in the neighborhood said the thought of strangers in their yards is disturbing.

"It's just making everyone feel unsafe and it's not fair," Missy said. "And they are going to be caught."

Gregory suspects who ever is stealing the items must be selling them. He said LMPD needs help catching the suspects in the act.

"If you see someone, call 911 right away and let us know," Gregory said. "If you have some information or maybe your neighbor caught some video, please call the tipline."

LMPD's tipline is anonymous. The number is 502-574-LMPD (5673).

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