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Local break-ins could be hate crimes

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox) -- Louisville Metro Police are looking into a series of burglaries in the Original Highlands and Germantown neighborhoods.  Some of the crimes could also be prosecuted as hate crimes.  "The house was ransacked, every drawer was dumped and then the smell of bleach all through the house," says Bob Cundiff, the homeowner.

There have been dozens of break-ins across the city recently, but only a few of them have included vandalism.  Homeowner Bob Cundiff believes he and his partner were targeted because they are a gay couple.  "Usually most robberies, they just take what they want and leave, they don't throw bleach and toilet bowl cleaner everywhere," says Cundiff.

Chris Hartman, with the Fairness Campaign, says, "There were two identical burglaries and vandalism against gay homeowners in this area, within just half a mile of one another and within just two weeks of one another."

Right now, police aren't calling it a hate crime but also not ruling it out.  "We're investigating them as burglaries at this time until a determination can be made later when suspects can be identified," says LMPD Major Steve Green.

"What happened here certainly points to the fact that it could well be a hate crime," says Hartman.  Meanwhile, local politicians are also getting involved and asking you to do the same.  4th District Councilman David Tandy says, "That's the only way that we can keep Louisville being the type of city where people will want to come here from all walks of life, from all backgrounds, from all parts of the country and indeed all parts of the world."

Cundiff says the suspects didn't actually take anything valuable but made several thousand dollars in damage to the home.

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