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Louisville man arrested in connection with thefts from roofing and contracting companies after WDRB story airs

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they've arrested a man in connection with break-ins at at least two businesses in South Louisville.

According to arrest reports, officers arrested 42-year-old Nathan Lee Garlinger Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. Police say he admitted to being involved in thefts at least two businesses -- American Roofing and Metal Company and Mick's Inc. Contracting. Both are located off Bishop Lane.

Garlinger allegedly told police that the chain link fence was cut at American Roofing and over $10,000 worth of roofing equipment was stolen.

Police say Garlinger told them he removed markings from his truck -- which was used in at least one of the thefts -- after "seeing himself on the news."

On Aug. 26, WDRB News ran a story about the thefts. Police say that story played a role in Garlinger's apprehension.

Garlinger is charged with third degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking and tampering with physical evidence.

Police say they are seeking additional suspects.

We previously spoke with employees from the two businesses about the thefts, which both took place on August 16th.

"They had stolen my 16-foot trailer and one of my new lawn mowers, which is a 61-inch Husqvarna lawnmower," said Michael Walker with Mick’s Contracting.

Charlie Richardson of American Roofing & Metal Co. told a similar story.

"They came back three times. It was from nine to about one in the morning," said Charlie Richardson with American Roofing & Metal Co.

American Roofing was offering a $2,000 cash reward in hopes that someone would contact police about the theft in its lot.

"We have a sub that works for us and he's a really good guy and really good employer and uses our lot and he had his livelihood stolen, so we want this for him, as much for us, but more for him," said Charlie Richardson.

Police say the crimes were costly.

"We're over the $10,000 to $20,000 range for each theft," said Detective Schweitzer.

Walker says it's enough to hurt his contracting business.

"Small business -- it's a big impact. I only have two trailers and one of it now -- 50 percent of it's gone," said Michael Walker.

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