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Downtown Louisville businesses see spike in office thefts

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Authorities say downtown employees have been walking out of work and returning, only to find their cell phones, keys, cash and more missing from their desks.

"[I] walked out and left the door unlocked, and when I came back from lunch, it was just like it is now: there was nothing there," said President of FranNet of MidAmerica, Thom Crimans.

Crimans' story has played out five times in 10 days at different businesses inside the Starks Building.

"It's the heart and soul of my business," said Crimans. "All of my contacts -- everything is in there."

Thieves walked away with his laptop, as well as others' cell phones, keys and purses -- basically anything that could quickly be turned into cash.

"[It's] ironic to me because I've been here more than 10 years and it's always been a safe place," said Crimans.

"Right now, we're looking at a black male suspect and a white male suspect, both believed to be in their teens," said LMPD Sgt. James Cirillo.

Janet Penick works for Connolly Healthcare on the 7th floor, and says she may have seen him.

"As I was turning the door knob, he was turning it at the same time, and I opened up, and he stepped back, and I looked at him because I didn't know him," said Penick,  "And he told me that he was looking for summer work, and I explained we don't hire for the summer, and he went on down the hall."

Word spreads throughout the building on the corner of 4th and Muhammad Ali. The building is stacked with tenants and stays open to the public.

"Anyone can walk in on these front elevators and just roam the floors," said Penick. "There's no one there to stop them because the security desk is all the way at the back of the building."

Crimans, a self employed franchise consultant, is turning the negative into a positive. He says he probably needed to upgrade his computer anyway, and has learned the lesson: to always lock the door.

WDRB News reached out to the management of the Starks building today and they declined to comment.

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