Highlands burglary victim recovers stolen items

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by Chelsea Rabideau

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 31 at 12:26 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Money for drugs is what police said motivated a Hikes Point man to terrorize a neighborhood in the Highlands for months on end. But, police said the suspect is now in jail, facing numerous charges.

The string of burglaries started in late October, early November. Police said they can now connect 28-year-old Roy Jackson to at least a dozen, possibly two dozen.

The loot filled two tables at Metro police’s 5th Division. Expensive jewelry, watches, designer purses and perfume, cameras and computers. Among the items, some of Janice Carter Levitch’s prized possessions.

“I literally wanted to just fall to my knees,” Janice said about seeing some of what was stolen again at the police station, “Cry and hug them and bake them all brownies or something because I was just so happy.”

Janice’s home was burglarized on New Year’s day. She says it took awhile for the shock to wear off and the reality to set in. Once it did, it brought a flood of emotion. “You feel, ‘How dare you?’ My door was locked, my home is safe. This is where I raise my family and we have special moments in our lives here and you feel violated.”

Police say informants led them to Jackson’s home in Hikes Point. They arrested him and discovered hundreds of stolen items in his home and vehicle. This won’t be Jackson’s first time behind bars. 5th Division Detective Brian Walker said, “I actually made an arrest of him back in 2010. I know that he has a heroin addiction. That’s been a lot of, we’ve had a big spike in heroin lately.”

Janice says she wants people to learn from what happened in their neighborhood, that people should be alert and look out for each other. So far, 8 people have come forward to claim what was stolen from them. But, police believe there are more victims out there.

If you believe you are one of them, you can call 574-7636 and ask to speak to a detective.
 

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