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Kentuckiana's Dumbest Criminals: Burglary suspect taunts police

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- If you want to get away with a crime, you probably shouldn't taunt police.  

But that's just what gave police an extra incentive to catch an accused serial burglar, one of WDRB's "dumbest criminals."

The suspect was wanted in connection with several burglaries. When asked to come in and talk to police, he said, "do your job and catch me if you can."

"We actually had, I think, his sister in here and she called him on the phone and let me talk to him," said LMPD Detective Kevin Peak.

Det. Peak says sometimes it really is that easy when looking for suspects.

"Most time we give people the opportunity to come in and tell their side of the story."

But that wasn't the case with Joshua Reynolds, a suspected serial burglar. 

"We were hearing that he was responsible for multiple break-ins in the 4th division," said Det. Peak.

Police had been looking for Reynolds for a few weeks with no luck, but then he gave them the extra incentive.

"We just wanted to talk to him to get his side of the story on things and he told us to earn our money and come find him," said Det. Peak.

Reynolds' friends and family even got in on it. They made comments on a Facebook post about police and donuts.  

"We hear that probably more times than I can even think of, and obviously we weren't eating donuts -- we were out working and looking for him."

For the next 24-hours, that's all police did. And before long they were close.

"We received a phone call that he was in this house and by the time we got there he had, we had just missed him," said Det. Peak.

But a few hours later, United States Marshals had Reynolds in custody. 

"I think he was found out in a trailer somewhere out in the country," said Det. Peak.

And police say this time it was his mouth, and not his sticky fingers, that got him caught.

Once in custody, Reynolds had a few more words for Det. Peak. 

"At first he was a little mad when he first came in but then he calmed down and just was smiling saying, 'ah, you all found me,'" Det. Peak said.

The so-called "catch me if you can" burglar is facing several years in prison if convicted. 

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