Woman scares off would-be burglar

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Police are searching for a suspect after what they describe as a close call for a Nicholasville woman.

"She seems to be ok.... Shook up," explains Garnett Lay, the victim's father.

He says his daughter was getting ready for work this morning when she heard someone trying to break in the back door.

"She looked out the door--she thought it was me, but it wasn't."

Lay says when his daughter, 25-year-old Gina, peered through the blinds, she saw a man trying to break into her home.

"She scared him off," explained Patrolman Clint Newton, with the Nicholasville Police Department. He says police will be stepping up patrols in the area.

" We believe he's in the area-- possibly a neighbor. Victim says she leaves usually at the same time every day and this person must have known."

Lay also told police she didn't see any strange cars around and also thought the stranger knew the family's dog, Shadow, was chained up.

Newton said "This time of year is always a big problem for us. Its Christmas season. Always usually gifts in the home and for those who can't afford it---they'll try and take from those who work hard to provide for their families."

"I'll watch for 'em. Neighbors will be watching. We'll watch for each other," Lay explained.

Police say they're looking for a white man in his 20's, with a long light-brown goatee. Police say the suspect was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants. If you have any information, you're asked to call police at 859-885-9468.