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Burglars target northwest part of county

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By Gayle Deaton

Sheriff's deputies reported that at least three homes and two garages have been burglarized in the past ten days in the Long Run and Floydsburg Road areas.

All of the burglaries have occurred despite the homes having alarm systems, according to Jason Rice, detective for the sheriff's office. That's a bit unusual, he said, and could indicate police are looking at the same perpetrator committing the burglaries.

In addition, Rice said Anchorage police reported two homes were hit there in a similar fashion and Louisville Metro Police reported another similar burglary recently off nearby Aiken Road.

Another unique aspect of this burglar is that he or she is not stealing Christmas presents from homes in this area, Rice said. Typically, he said a majority of burglaries near the holidays results in Christmas gifts being stolen from the victims' homes. Instead, Rice said this burglar's focus seems to be in locating jewelry and cash inside the home.

The sheriff's office is asking people to be a little more aware of their neighbors during the holiday season, Rice said. He urged neighbors to report any signs of suspicious people or activity surrounding another neighbor's home. It is especially helpful if people can provide officers with a vehicle description or license plate number of any suspicious vehicles seen in the area, Rice said.

And, if you are going to be out of town over the holidays, plan to have a neighbor or family member keep an eye on your home, he said.

Also, write down serial numbers and photograph valuables such as jewelry, and if possible lock them away and hide them.

"Secure items as best you can," Rice advised. "It makes it harder for the burglar to locate them and then gain entry to the items."

The sheriff's office is asking anyone with information about these crimes or anyone who observes suspicious activities in their neighborhoods to call (502) 633-4324.