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Alert neighbor helps LMPD track down 3 burglary suspects

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Joe Campbell shows us the damage to his home from the break-in. Joe Campbell shows us the damage to his home from the break-in.
The son is Scott Hodge. Hodge was only supposed to leave the home to look for work The son is Scott Hodge. Hodge was only supposed to leave the home to look for work
Johnathan Moore (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Johnathan Moore (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Metro Police say an alert neighbor helped track down three burglary suspects, including a father and his stepson.

The son is Scott Hodge. Hodge was only supposed to leave the home to look for work. Instead of trying to find a job, police say he was breaking into home in the Cloverleaf neighborhood.

"Usually, I'm fixing other people's homes but never because of a break-in," said James Campbell, who is a burglary victim. Campbell is also a professional contractor. "Actually, I am repairing the door."

But this home repair project was not on the schedule or in the budget.

"Very unexpected, nothing we even planned for right now," said Campbell.

On Tuesday, burglars kicked in the front door of his home in Cloverleaf.

"When they kicked the steel door in and it took the jamb and everything in and onto the floor," he said.

Once inside, the suspects ransacked the place.

"This bedroom here, all the drawers were dumped out," explained Campbell.

The suspects got away with a lot of valuables, but as the neighborhood signs say, they were being watched.

"They watched these guys and saw one of the guys kick the door in to the house," said Detective Kevin Peak, with LMPD.

Det. Peak said an alert neighbor was watching and actually followed the suspects until police arrived.

"With that neighbor's help, we were able to catch these guys and also recover all of the property," he said.

Detective Peak said the neighbor gave a great description and helped guide police right to the suspect's home.

"When we knocked on the door, one of the suspects was standing in the door in the living room, still had the same clothes on that the witness had given," He explained.

Police arrested Hodge, his stepfather Bo Clark and friend, Jonathan Moore. Peak said Hodge should not have even been on the streets.

"Scott Hodge was on home incarceration and he was supposed to be out on job search," he said. 

Instead, police said Hodge was working the Cloverleaf neighborhood all day.

"We got somethings back, it's not everything," Campbell said.

Campbell and his wife got most of their valuables back, however, they're still missing something that maybe hard to replace.

"They took away our sense of security," he said.

All three suspects were taken to Metro Corrections.

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