Quick thinking neighbors help cops nab Highlands Burglar


by Adam Walser


Posted on November 12, 2012 at 6:31 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Police say quick thinking by neighbors allowed them to catch a man in the act of burglarizing a highlands home Monday morning, and this isn't the first time police say he's committed the crime.

The suspect, Justin Jones, was brought to Metro Corrections Monday afternoon.

Police say he had to receive medical treatment after being attacked by a police dog inside a home authorities say he was burglarizing.

The suspected burglar was taken into custody on Hilliard Avenue.

“I never saw so many police cars. I think there were about nine… all blocking the street,” said an elderly neighbor who doesn’t want to be identified. “Three policemen were at the basement door with their guns holding. And then they let the dog in.”

That neighbor called police after another neighbor came over to notify her that a suspicious man was scoping out the house next door. 

“She saw him looking in the front door and everything and in the window, then saw him go around the back,” she said.

The suspect broke out a basement window and entered the home.

When police arrived, they found Justin Jones, 21, hiding under a bed and took him into custody.

Neighbors say police told them the suspect had just been released from jail after being arrested for burglarizing a home on Goddard Avenue, less than three quarters of a mile from Monday's burglary site.

Jones has been arrested multiple times in the past year for burglary and drug charges. He has four pending felony cases.

Police are investigating whether Jones may have been involved in other recent burglaries in the Highlands.

“If anything, the hour surprised me, that he decided to do it in the day time,” said neighbor Josh Meador. “That just didn't make any sense. If you're an addict, you're not thinking, not thinking too hard.”

This recent arrest shows how important it is to keep an eye out for anything unusual.

“Shady things happen. You just got to keep your eyes open. Stay alert,” said Meador.

“That's the only way you can eliminate any of this,” said the elderly neighbor.

Jones is scheduled to be arraigned on his latest charge tomorrow morning.

The victim in Monday's burglary told us that Jones had jewelry that didn't belong to her in his pockets at the time of his arrest.