Fayette County

Police arrest suspectin series of burglaries

A Lexington man was arrested Wednesday as a suspect in a string of up to two dozen burglaries in southwest Lexington neighborhoods.

Mario R. Johnson, 26, was taken into custody after police searched his residence and found several thousand dollars of Sony video game systems and other electronic equipment, said Lt. Edward Hart. He was charged with receiving stolen property.

Neighborhoods from Clays Mill to Gardenside have seen a "noticeably elevated" number of break-ins the past two weeks, Hart said. In most cases, the perpetrator kicked in the back door, he said.

That happened again Wednesday on Gladman Way when a man, thought by police to be Johnson, rang the front doorbell. Thinking no one was home, the man went around to the back and kicked in the door. However, he startled an elderly woman, who hadn't made it to the front door quickly, Hart said.

"She got a good look at him," he said.

Detectives are now trying to match the goods found in Johnson's residence with recent burglary reports, Hart said.

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