By Jake Griffin
(Verona, Ky.) - A man who allegedly burglarized eight homes in Boone County was arrested Monday.
Police are working to return stolen items after a tip from a community member who reported a man acting suspicious - going door to door saying he was looking for his lost dog. The neighbor thought he seemed odd. She followed him and obtained the license number of his black Jeep.
Deputies with the Boone County Sheriff’s Office recognized the description of the Jeep as possibly being used in other burglaries in the area and converged on the area but were unable to locate him. Shortly thereafter, the driver of the Jeep was found pawning a chainsaw at a pawnshop in Florence, Kentucky.
At approximately 3:00 p.m. Monday, police found and arrested the Verona, Kentucky man. Investigators determined he was responsible for a series of daytime burglaries in the Verona area since April of 2013.
Tyler Drew, 22, later admitted to involvement in eight burglaries where he took a variety of goods ranging from firearms, cameras, lawn equipment, money, jewelry, and a television.
Drew’s burglarizing method was to approach a home and knock on the door. If someone answered he would ask if they were selling hay or if they had seen his lost dog. If there was no answer he would gain entry to the residence.
Drew is charged with Burglary in the 2nd.
Detectives have recovered much of the stolen property. Most of the victims’ homes are located between the 11000 and 15000 blocks of U.S.42, Verona-Mudlick Road, Richwood Road, and Carr Road in Verona.