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Three arrested on separate thefts

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - With cooperation of area law enforcement agencies, local police have charged three individuals with a series of unrelated crimes.

Medica Pharmacy

Since Dec. 8, 2008, the local pharmacy on Highway 44 East has suffered four break-ins.

Not including the physical damage to the store, over $35,000 in narcotics had been stolen from the local Medica Pharmacy.

Thanks to cooperative efforts of Louisville Metro Narcotics units and Elizabethtown police detectives, Shepherdsville police has charged two men for their roles in at least one of the break-ins.

Barry Joe Kerr, 34, of New Albany, is currently in the Madison, Ind., detention center facing local charges of three counts of burglary and three counts of theft of a controlled substance, according to Capt. Ken Bernardi of the Shepherdsville Police Department.

Det. Jeremy Meyer said that Kerr was apprehended in Madison, Ind., when he was caught breaking into another pharmacy.

Kerr is being charged with the Dec. 8, Jan. 5, 2009, and the Jan. 8, 2009 break-ins at Medica Pharmacy.

Also charged in the Dec. 8 break-in is Robert Dattilo, 37. He will be charged with robbery and theft of a controlled substance even though he shot himself to death in an altercation with Jeffersonville, Ind., police on Feb. 19.

Both individuals have a long criminal history. Meyer said that Kerr has previous drug and burglary charges in at least six Kentucky counties and Dattilo had previous charges in at least four counties.

The investigation continues and could include other counties, according to Bernardi.

He attributed the arrest to the sharing of information by the various police agencies.

Motel 6 robbery

A man wanted in connection to several hotel burglaries over the past couple of weeks is now in the Louisville Metro Corrections facility.

Benjamin Lee Bruck, 32, was arrested Monday evening as he broke into an apartment in Jefferson County.

Earlier in the day, Bruck went into the Super 8 motel in Shepherdsville. Asking the clerk to use the internet, Bernardi said the suspect waited until the desk clerk left and he went behind the counter and took $352 between 10-11 a.m. on Monday.

Sometime the same morning, Bruck went to the Country Inn and Suites in Shepherdsville and told the clerk that a large snake was in the parking lot. However, Bernardi said the clerk did not leave the desk and Bruck fled.

He is being charged with burglary, attempted burglary and theft in the Shepherdsville cases.

On Monday evening, Jeffersontown Police Chief Russell Sanders said that a call came in about a man breaking into an apartment.

The man refused  to surrender and was in the bathroom with his pit bull when police made the arrest.

This came after a  series of alleged thefts from area hotels.

On June 11, Sanders said he tried to take money from a Country Inn and Suites on Blankenbaker Lane. On June 19, he started a fire at the nearby Super 8 and took money.

And on June 20, he said there was a fire outside a Hampton Inn in Jeffersontown and took money when the clerk went to check out the situation.

Another employee tried to detain the man and a fight ensued. Later in the day, the man and his dog would have a confrontation with Jeffersontown police.

On June 18, Det. Danny Cook of the Hillview Police Department said the man set a fire next to the Baymont Inn and then took cash and fled.

On June 21, the Quality Inn at the Brooks interchange was the target of a fire but this time the man did not get any cash.

Cook said no charges have been filed yet but Bruck will face charges of arson, theft and attempted theft.

Bruck is currently in Louisville Metro Corrections.

Sanders also credited the teamwork of the various agencies. The investigation is continuing by the various agencies.

Anyone with information on either case could call 957-1001 or Shepherdsville police’s anonymous tip line at 502-215-1588.