Residents on high alert after multiple apartment break-ins around Jeffersontown


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 5:22 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A string of apartment break-ins in and around Jeffersontown has residents on high alert.

Metro Police say thieves have been caught on camera breaking into the clubhouses of high-end apartments and taking televisions, even threatening a maintenance worker.

In surveillance tape, you can see two men breaking into an Eastern Jefferson County apartment clubhouse. Police say it's one of several apartments they have targeted and they seem to have some inside knowledge.

"Apparently they have pretty intimate knowledge of these places. Maybe they have done work there," Dwight Mitchell, with LMPD, said. “So far, they've targeted Park Laureate off Taylorsville Road, The Meadows, Plainview among others."

Officials said the thieves have mostly taken flat screen TVs and in one case they did take furniture.

At the Hurstbourne Grande, the thieves did confront a maintenance worker.

"There was one instance where they were confronted by a maintenance man. This individual indicated to the maintenance man that he had a gun and they left. It could have been a potentially dangerous situation," Mitchell said.

John Bleidt with the Louisville Apartment Association, which represents many of the affected apartments, said they are being proactive by sending out warnings.

"I was certainly unhappy about the extent of it. It seems there has been 15 or 20 times this has occurred," John Bleidt, with the Louisville Apartment Association, said.

A bold move by two men that's escalating according to Bleidt.

"If you have the moxy to do this, you can be pretty brazen," Bleidt said.