- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky State Police say someone has been burglarizing rural homes and then setting the structures on fire.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Robert Purdy told media that investigators believe five recent fires that have damaged or destroyed homes in four different counties are related.

“We can’t conclusively say 100 percent,” Purdy said. “But it looks there is a great possibility that they are going to be connected.”

The most recent fire happened on Tuesday morning at a home that was burned down in Scott County.

Authorities are also investigating two fires in Jessamine County, one in Fayette County and one in Garrard County that have all occurred within less than a week.

Purdy says no one has been inside any of the homes.

“It appears whoever is burglarizing and setting these properties on fire is doing it during the day, when people are at work,” Purdy said.

State police are asking anyone with surveillance cameras who lives near one of those fires to see if they caught anything suspicious on video.

“The biggest thing we’re asking the public right now is to be vigilant,” Purdy said. “If you see somebody that doesn’t belong in your neighborhood, if you see a vehicle driving by several times or if you have somebody knock on your door that doesn’t belong there, those are the kinds of things that are going to help us in the investigation.”

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