POLICE: Thieves targeting unopened building supplies from home construction or renovation
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say thieves are targeting homes being renovated or under construction because they're looking for building supplies or material that can be returned to the store.
"We have three people in custody as of now," said Det. Kevin Peak, with LMPD's 4th Division.
Nicole Hayes, Johnny Bodemann and Joe Toohey are the three people Metro Police have in custody.
Det. Peak said, "Two guys would go into a house, usually at night time, vacant homes that are being renovated."
They're accused of burglarizing several homes in the south end.
"We have 'em tied to six houses right now and there possibility could be more, but they're all in the, most of 'em were over in the Cloverleaf area," explained Peak. "And they would back their trucks in the driveway, go inside, take all the building supplies, toilets, ah, drywall, tile, anything, faucets."
Det. Peak said the next stop was always one of the two big home improvement stores and that's also when Hayes was on the clock.
"She would go to Home Depot or Lowe's and return it and get a gift card. They were taking the gift cards and selling them to pawnshops or other people on the street for money to get, for their drug habit."
Police say in most cases the builders and homeowners are making it easy for thieves.
"Everything that they had taken or, you know, had the receipt on the drywall there was a SKU code on there and they would take that back to the store," said Peak.
That's why with more suspects on the loose. Police are also asking people who build or renovate homes to help protect themselves.
"We definitely think there's probably a couple more doing the same thing and we're working on that now," said Peak. "If you are working on a house, I know it's a pain, but take your tools with you at night time put 'em in your car, put 'em in your truck and take 'em home with you, bring em back the next day."
Police believe the other suspects are still working the neighborhood. Anyone with information about the break ins can call the department's anonymous tip line at 574-LMPD.
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