Suspect arrested following multiple burglaries

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By Stephen Thomas

SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt County Sheriffs reported that Louisville Metro Police arrested William Pierce early Wednesday morning.

Pierce, 32, of Louisville, was wanted for as many as 60 to 70 burglaries in Bullitt, Jefferson, Oldham and Shelby County beginning in August 2008.

Louisville Metro Police and Oldham County Police officials recently began a joint investigation along with Bullitt County.

Sheriff Donnie Tinnell said Pierce was responsible for possibly a dozen home break-ins throughout western Bullitt County primarily taking place last November.

Louisville Metro Police Det. Grant Riggs contacted Bullitt County Sheriffs last week reporting that a stopped car contained stolen items from Oldham County. The car was later identified as belonging to Pierce.

LMPD then received a consent form to search Pierce's mother's home in Louisville. Further items from Bullitt County were discovered in the home.

Tinnell said one Bullitt residence installed video security cameras after a previous break-in. A burglar was spotted on the cameras in November. When Riggs sent a photograph of Pierce, Tinnell identified Pierce as the same suspect.

"Sure enough, he's a dead ringer for the video," Tinnell said.

Tinnell said Pierce might also be responsible for burglaries in Carroll, Henry and Trimble Counties.

"He's really busy," said Tinnell. "He's a career burglar."

Tinnell said Pierce was a "daylight burglar," knocking on doors in the afternoon and breaking in when no one was home.

According to Tinnell, Pierce would use a rock or brick to break a window in the rear of the houses. Many times he used a pillowcase from the home to carry stolen items.

Tinnell said Pierce stole numerous items ranging from guns and jewelry to digital cameras and wide-screen televisions.

"Anything of value he can pawn and sell," Tinnell added.

Tinnell said an accomplice to Pierce was currently under investigation. Police have not released the accomplice's identification.

Anyone with further information should contact the Bullitt County Sheriffs Office, 543-2514.