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ST. MATTHEWS, Ky. (WDRB)--Police around the region are on the hunt for a Louisville man they say is behind a dangerous crime spree. And the theft that may have started it all was caught on camera. The suspect's name is Kevin Hines. Right now, at least four local police agencies are looking for him.
"Just came in and wanted to look at a few of watches and got us distracted," says Richard Robben, co-owner of Fidelity Pawn & Jewelry.
The crime spree may have started a few days ago at Fidelity Pawn & Jewelry on Shelbyville Road in St. Matthews with the theft of a diamond pendant.
Robben says, "The pendant was worth $1200 bucks."
Robben says he noticed the pendant missing shortly after a man police say is Hines left the store.
"I said I better check the surveillance video."
And here's what he saw, the thief hovering over the jewelry counter and then eventually reaching in to grab the pendant, he then stuffs it under his sweater and walks out of the store.
Det. Barbara Shepard with St. Matthews Police says, "He does have a little bit of a violent past and we want people to stay safe."
St. Matthews police immediately started looking for Hines and learned they weren't the only ones trying to find him.
Shepard says, "Our detective Sgt sent out an...kind of like an email requesting assistance...hey, do you know this gentlemen? And received numerous replies."
Det. Shepard says Hines is wanted in Bullitt, Spencer and Oldham Counties. "He was seen leaving a residence in Bullitt County and then also he had attempted to get into a house in Spencer County but the homeowners were home and chased him away."
And Shepard says Hines got his getaway car in Metro Louisville. "He has also stolen a car from Town and Country Ford. And each time that he has been observed, he was driving this 2002...blue Ford Focus."
"The shoppers are out...so are the thieves so you just have to live and learn and be careful," says Robben.
It has been costly lesson for Robben and his partner but they still consider themselves lucky because no one was hurt or worse. Robben says, "Whether we get our item back or not is really not the point...it's just having the person off the street and making sure nobody else gets victimized and nobody gets hurt."
Police say Hines was just released from prison in July of this year. Meanwhile, if you know anything about him or his whereabouts you should contact St. Matthews police.