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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- The accused serial burglar authorities say essentially told them, "Catch me if you can," has been captured.
Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Brian Parrish says the Marshal's Fugitive Task Force today captured Christopher Palmer. He's facing burglary and persistent felony offender charges.
Police had been asking the public's help in catching Palmer and another man. They're accused of breaking into Audubon Park Homes and stealing guns and jewelry.
According to Det. John Fischer with the LMPD's 6th Division "he (Palmer) just said: 'I heard you guys were looking for me.' We said 'We need you to come in. We need to talk to you about these burglaries your car was being used in.' That's when he said: 'No, I'm not going to come and talk to you all.'"
Police say Palmer and an accomplice broke into four houses and some others that were vacant in the Audubon Park area between February 1st and 18th. Fischer says, "In all of these burglaries, it was the same things. We had jewelry, cash, guns and electronics were taken."
Police say one resident saw the getaway car's license plate number and police used it to track down pawn shop records that showed Palmer's name.
Police were then able to retrieve several stolen rings, earrings, and even Rolex watches. But the guns were never found.
In all, police say Palmer and his partner stole more than $75,000 worth of items. About $60,000 worth came from one house alone.
Police say the two would go to homes and knock on the door. If no one answered, they would kick down the door and steal the items, even in broad daylight.