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Police hope surveillance video will help catch burglar responsible for Okolona business robberies

by Anna Prendergast

Posted on May 3, 2010 at 11:10 PM

Updated Monday, May 3 at 11:10 PM

LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) – Several businesses in Okolona are adding more security after several break-ins over the past week.

At least three stores off of Preston Highway were hit Monday morning. For one of the businesses, this was the second break-in to occur in the past week.

WHAS11’s Anna Prendergast has a report from one of the stores that caught the robber on tape. 

The guy who broke into Soap Suds Laundry and Cleaners on Preston Highway got away with some money, but the owners are hoping surveillance video will help catch him.

Around 7 a.m. on Monday, a man was caught on camera when he broke in the back door of Soap Suds Laundry and Cleaners in Okolona.

The man is seen walking in and looking around for a few seconds before heading for the cash register.

Veronica Eubank has owned the business for four years.  She says she feels violated, hurt, and upset.
Eubank thinks the man might be a customer because he knew exactly where to find the cash register.

He's seen on the tape stealing cash and stuffing it in his backpack.  For some reason, he also grabs a First Aid Kit and looks through it.

After he gets done at the register, he heads over to the office door.  He uses a box cutter to cut the locked door in half, and crawls under.

The man gets away with a few hundred dollars in cash.  For the Eubank family, the loss is devastating because every cent they make from this business counts.

Just a couple of blocks down Preston Highway, the manager at Aaron's Sales and Lease replaced the store’s back door Monday morning after someone used a crow-bar to try and pry it open.

It was the second time in the past week that the store was hit.  Two television sets were stolen during the first robbery.

Police are investigating all of the break-ins and hope the surveillance video will lead to some tips.