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Louisville police say serial burglar was caught after coming face-to-face with victim outside her bedroom

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Kevin Lee Underwood (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Kevin Lee Underwood (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say a Louisville man was arrested Monday morning after being caught in the act of breaking into a home and coming face-to-face with a woman inside. Now he's facing at least 18 counts of burglary -- and police say he's admitted to 50.

According to multiple arrest reports, Louisville Metro Police were dispatched to a home on Grinstead Drive, near Bardstown Road, after 10 a.m. Monday, after they received a report that an unidentified person had climbed in through the front window. 

When they arrived, officers set up a perimeter around the home, waiting for a K-9 unit to get there. Police say a man -- 49-year-old Kevin Lee Underwood -- poked his head out of the front door window, then ducked back down.

At that point, police say they entered the home and found Underwood standing in the living room, holding brown gloves. Underwood was handcuffed, and as he was taken into custody, allegedly told officers, "Yeah, I broke into the house. I'm the only one in here."

He was armed with a pair of scissors in his back pocket, according to the arrest report. 

Police say they spoke with a female witness in the home, who told them she was upstairs in her bedroom at the time of the break-in. When she opened her bedroom door, Underwood allegedly came face-to-face with her.

Underwood was charged with first degree burglary in connection with that case, but police say it's not the only case he's been involved in. He allegedly admitted to burglaries at several other locations, including homes on Ducker Avenue, Shady Lane, Rosewood Avenue, Norris Place, Bonnycastle Avenue, Hess Lane, Winter Avenue, Barrett Avenue, Gilmore Lane, Tyler Park Drive, Clarks Lane and Lincoln Avenue.

He now faces more than 30 counts of burglary, but in all, they say he hit more than 50 homes and businesses. They say he broke into 22 locations in the Churchill Downs area, 20 more in the Highlands, and four near Audubon Park.

"That crime spree began approximately in June of this year and ended yesterday," said Detective Tom Yokom with LMPD's 5th Division.

Each time he broke in, police say Underwood confessed to stealing everything from electronics to money, even drugs.

"The suspect told us he would take the proceeds from those break-ins and use them and use the money to hire prostitutes,” said Yokom.

Police say some property has been recovered and victims are being notified.

It's also not the first time Underwood has been in trouble with the law. According to court documents, in 2001 he was indicted for the Oct. 2000 murder of a woman named Sandra Baker. That charge was later amended down to manslaughter.

The scary part for a roommate

"As soon as I got the call I left work to come back here," said Kara Dischinger, whose roommate called her Monday morning saying their home had been broken into.

When she got there, squad cars were surrounding their home on Grinstead Drive and Kevin Lee Underwood, 49, was sitting outside with police.

"I came in the back door and there's a bunch of police and a guy sitting on our front steps, handcuffed with scissors and gloves on the stairs, it was really, you know, scary," said Dischinger.

Apparently that wasn't the scariest part for her roommate.

"She was kind of freaking out a little bit,” said Dischinger. “She was telling me ‘there's a guy in our house. He apparently came in through the window and I thought it was you and it wasn't you, but he opened the door'"

The roommate, who was in bed, had no idea she wasn't alone.

"He told her that the police were after him and he needed a place to hide and that he wasn't going to hurt her," Dischinger told WDRB.

She says Underwood ripped off a door knob in the kitchen and threw it away. He broke a small lock and even went through her bedroom, leaving it a mess.

"He tried to take change,” said Dischinger, “and I had a bunch of foreign currency that I hadn't switched over yet and he took and stashed it somewhere and stashed it in the house, but we haven't found it."

Police tell us their home is not the only place Underwood admitted breaking into.

As for Dischinger and her roommate... she says, “We now have a security system we installed.”

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