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LMPD says accused serial burglar in custody

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they've arrested a serial burglar who targeted churches and small businesses.

The suspect has been identified as Bud Jenkins and he is locked up at Metro Corrections.

Police say he admitted committing nearly a dozen recent break-ins to feed a drug addiction.

"I got a phone call, and I guess it was about 11 p.m., from ATT, from our security people," said Rev. Gregory Smith.

Rev. Smith is senior pastor at Hill Street Missionary Baptist Church on Dixie Highway. "This was the rock that he used to break the glass," he said.

Hill Street is one of several churches and businesses recently hit by an alleged serial burglar who used a rock or brick to gain access.

"We have seen on countless video surveillance where his MO is to pick up a brick or heavy rock and throw it through the glass door," said Det. Ryan Peabody.

Det. Peabody is with LMPD's 2nd Division and said the man in the surveillance video is Jenkins. "What we know of for 2016 is roughly 11," said Det. Peabody.

Jenkins' criminal history is nearly 20 pages of mostly break-ins. In fact, earlier this year he was convicted and sentenced for more than a dozen 2015 burglaries. Det. Peabody said, "He was given a five year supervised probation sentence."

Police say Jenkins was arrested again, and admits to hitting places like Beauty Junkies, Subway and a beauty salon, all within a two-mile stretch on Dixie Highway.

"He understood that he was in the wrong every time," said Det. Peabody.

And despite the crime and admission, police want to help Jenkins avoid prison.

"This is something that he is doing to feed his addiction," said Det. Peabody.

Det. Peabody plans to talk to the Commonwealth's Attorney about a drug treatment program as an alternative to prison. "But this is a two-way street. He has got to be able to put in the work as well," Det. Peabody said.

And if he doesn't, he'll face a judge, prison time and at least one of his alleged victims. "And if they have a court date, me and my rock will be there," said Rev. Gregory Smith.

Jenkins is scheduled to go to court in January.

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