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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It was a packed housed Thursday as police met with residents of a Highlands neighborhood that has been hit hard by a rash of burglaries.
Police believe they have a suspect, but the meeting gave people a chance to talk with police and share their concerns.
Police believe the burglars are repeat offenders, driven by a drug addiction. They are stealing expensive items and pawning them for cash.
"Right now what we're thinking is this group that has come in here -- basically they see the opportunity to go into homes sometimes that are unsecured where there's jewelry, things like that left out," said Det. Sgt. Jamey Schwab.
Police say the burglaries are happening during the day, typically between 9 a.m. and noon. Police say the thieves knock on the front door first, to see anyone's home. If no one answers, they break through the back door. If someone does come to the door, the person asks a bogus question. Police say that's a red flag.
Some residents are going to great lengths to protect themselves, installing security cameras and alarm systems and signing up for a community email list to keep in touch with one another.
Police are looking for is a white man in his early 20s, driving a maroon 4-door car.
If you have any information or see anything suspicious contact police.