Highlands, east end burglary ring connected to North Oldham High thieves

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by Bryan Baker

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 11 at 1:02 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) --  Louisville Metro Police said they've recovered tens of thousands of dollars worth of stolen items -- possibly upwards of $50,000 worth -- from the Portland home of a couple arrested Tuesday in connection with separate thefts at North Oldham County High School.

Expensive watches, family jewelry, and cameras with holiday photos are just a few of the items, including a vast amount of electronics, which are now available for burglary victims to reclaim.

LMPD's fifth division said 19 burglaries between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day -- including eight on New Year's Eve were committed by James McGuffin and Jennifer Cheatham. Both have been charged previously with receiving stolen property over $10,000 after lawn equipment was found in the backyard of the home they share on 19th Street. It was seized on Tuesday in the midst of a four-hour standoff that left to their arrests.

Police are also searching for Cheatham's cousin, Brandon Cheatham, who like McGuffin, has a long history of theft charges. LMPD detectives say Brandon was released from jail in Indiana on Nov. 26 from theft charges, two days before the first burglary in Louisville. They say he's driving a green Mercury Villager van used in the burglaries.

If you have been a victim of burglary in the last two months or recognize anything you see in the video above, contact police. You can also call LMPD's anonymous tip line at 574-LMPD if you know anything about Brandon Cheatham's whereabouts.

 

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