LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A homeowner who scared off a burglar is speaking out.
Lexington Police say the burglar got inside the home on Gilmore Trace in Masterson Station because the garage door had been left open.
"I had cracked the garage door open, not all the way about halfway, to let heat out of the garage," said Rick McMaster.
McMaster's air conditioner broke. So he left his garage door open to let in some cool, morning air.
"Unfortunately opening that garage is opening an opportunity to criminals. So we ask people to go ahead and shut those garage doors," said Sherelle Roberts with Lexington Police.
A partially opened garage door was all it took for a thief to make his way into McMaster's home. After making one trip in, stealing a purse and cell phone, the thief came back for seconds, all while McMaster was just feet away on his back patio.
"I came back through the patio door, and the guy's standing there with my plasma screen in his hands and dropped it and took off running," McMaster said.
McMaster said the thief was also suspected of breaking into a car down the street from his home as well.
"And most of the time the people never know it. They're inside watching tv, cooking dinner, hanging out with family, and they're non the wiser to the fact that someones stealing their stuff," said Roberts.
"I'll tell you this causes you to rethink a whole lot of things. The garage door wasn't even open all the way, it was open half to two thirds of the way. Be careful, my goodness," McMaster added.
His car was also broken into.
The suspect is described as a black man in his early to mid twenties.
The suspect is about six feet tall and around 170 lbs.
McMaster says he also had braided hair sticking straight up in places.