Neighbor catches thief who may be linked to multiple burglaries

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - Is it the break police have been looking for? An arrest of a burglar at a dry cleaning business could help investigators solve many other break-ins at other businesses around Richmond.

Police arrested 42-year-old Scott Hobbs early Friday morning after they say he smashed open a window to get into Jack's Cleaners.

"I heard glass breaking so I grabbed a baseball bat and come outside," explained Donald Wynn, who took being a good neighbor to heart early Friday morning, when he saw a burglar inside Jack's Cleaners.

"I seen that his car was crappy and he wasn't gonna get far so I thought I could probably chase this car down, so I did."

Wynn was able to lead police straight to the getaway car, and Scott Hobbs was inside.

Police later told Wynn the man he helped catch could be the one responsible for about two dozen other burglaries in Richmond.

"Any time we can make an arrest like that it's an important deal and hopefully that if he is the only one involved in it it'll slow down or stop," said Richmond Police Assistant Chief Bob Mott. Police have been searching for a man involved in 20 different burglaries in the last three months, all very similar to Friday's.

"We have to investigate a little bit further to make the connection to see if he is actually the one that's been involved in the rest of those too," Mott told WKYT.

Police have charged Hobbs with possession of a hand gun by a convicted felon, first degree burglary, and possession of burglary tools. More charges could follow.

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