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St. Matthews Police looking for theft victims

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Check your basements and storage areas if you live in an apartment. St. Matthews Police suspect dozens of people may be the victims of burglaries and not even know their valuables are missing.

St. Matthews Police say all of the stolen property confiscated from a room at the Red Roof Inn off Hurstbourne Lane.

"There was so much stuff in the room that you couldn't...there was paths through the room to get through," says Sgt. Charles Portman, with St. Matthews Police.

Police got involved after a neighbor at an apartment complex off Breckinridge Lane spotted Marco Arroyo and Michelle Morris in the basement of his building.

Sgt. Portman says he "thought this was odd, [so he] contacted the police department and followed the vehicle."

The witness followed the suspects to the Red Roof Inn.  

"The clerk witnessed the individuals carrying items, which were specifically chainsaws, from the vehicle to the apartment," Portman said.

And that's when police discovered thousands of dollars in stolen property -- everything from prescription medicine to antique clocks, shoes, a guitar and even old war photos.

"We're estimating right now about $15,000 worth of property was recovered from that room," Portman said.

Police also found a Pizza Hut sign.  They believe the suspects used it to stay under the radar.

"A lot of times people are so complacent and they see things that are normal to them -- which would be a Pizza Hut sign on top of a car with someone walking into an apartment building and wouldn't think twice about it," Portman said

Some of the property has already been claimed, but police suspect the remaining unclaimed property may belong to people who don't even know it's missing "because they don't visit those storage areas in their basements," Portman said. "So, we would encourage individuals to -- if you live in an apartment complex in St. Matthews, anywhere in Jefferson County -- to just go look and see if your items are there."

If you think any of the stolen property belongs to you, contact police in your neighborhood and they'll contact St. Matthews Police.

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