Johnson County home burglaries may be connected

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Investigators with the Johnson County Sheriff Department are following leads in a rash of home burglaries that may be connected.

At least three homes were burglarized between Monday evening and Tuesday evening in a rural area in the southern part of the county.

At one home, in the 1800 block of S 200E, the burglar apparently got in through an unlocked garage window. The suspect got away with a long gun taken from a closet in the home.

A homeowner at a second location in the 2900 block of South SR 135 came home to find somebody had kicked the door in.

“They seemed to know what they were looking for,” said Elizabeth Park. “They went right to our bedroom where there was a jewelry box.”

The burglar got away with about $1,500 in jewelry.

At a third home in the 2000 block of W 300S, the homeowner came home to find his back door kicked in. The suspect got away with a handgun, an air rifle, a TV and a gaming system.

All three burglaries occured during daylight hours.

But some observant neighbors may have spotted a suspect vehicle which connects the break-ins. At the SR 135 location, neighbors across the street noticed a white or gray pickup truck with no tailgate sitting in the driveway when the homeowners were not there. Another neighbor got a licence plate number. The license plate was expired, and belonged on a gray, older model Ford Ranger.

That vehicle description matches that of a gray pickup truck with no tailgate which was spotted driving slowly and suspiciously by the house on 300S before that burglary.

It’s not known if the truck or license plate may have been stolen. Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox said the pickup was registered outside Johnson County. Johnson County investigators were working with the BMV to track down the owner of the pickup.