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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they are investigating a man's claims that he burglarized 20 homes in Old Louisville.
According to an arrest report, 58-year-old Allen Livingston Myers burglarized a home in the 1400 block of St. James Court, near S. 3rd St, taking a purse and credit cards.
He was arrested on Tuesday afternoon and charged with burglary and criminal trespassing.
Police say he has admitted to breaking into 20 other homes in the Old Louisville area. Authorities are still in the process of investigating those claims, and he is not charged with any of those burglaries at this time.
Myers faced a judge this morning and pleaded not guilty. Investigators say he's a four-time convicted felon with burglary charges dating back 20 years.
St. James Court is known for its beautiful architecture, the bronze water fountain and gorgeous gardens.
"My daughter was here watering the plants and this man walked across the green there," says Jesse Quake, Burglary Victim.
But for the last several weeks, neighbors like Jesse Quake have had some concerns.
Quake says, "And he tip toed downstairs."
Quake shares the home with his wife, daughter and son in-law and says after several recent neighborhood break-ins, they caught the suspect inside their home.
"She was sitting right over there and he appear right there on those top steps over there...I didn't think he expected to see my wife sitting there," says Quake.
Quake says the doors were unlocked because his daughter was working in the yard but his wife was inside. "She said 'may I help you' and he grunted or something and took off."
Wednesday morning, Myers faced a prosecutor and judge. "Alright, this is case number 75, Allen Livingston Myers," says prosecutor Karl Price. "Mr. Myers, you're charged with burglary in the 2nd degree, criminal trespassing in the 2st degree."
Prosecutors revealed Myers' lengthy criminal history. That's when the judge entered a not guilty plea and raised his bond.
"Your bond has been set at 5-hundred dollars but given everything that I've heard here today, I think it's appropriate to revise that bond in someway, I think a 5-thousand dollar bond is more appropriate," said the arraignment judge.
"We're all happy about that," says Quake.
If convicted, Myers could be gone for a while and because of that, so are Jesse Quake's concerns.
"Glad he's off the street right now."
Myers was appointed a public defender and is scheduled to be back in court next month.