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Bold serial burglary suspect caught

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Local police said they've caught a burglar so bold that he would hit up houses while people were in the next room.

The man was caught in the act, suspected of hitting homes from Mission Hills to Hallbrook.

"That would shake somebody's sense of security in a place where they are supposed to feel safe," said Detective Michael Helvie with the Kansas City, MO, Police Department.

One suspected burglar believed to be behind a string of break-ins prompted police to join forces and form a multijurisdictional task force. From Mission Hills to Leawood, Prairie Village, KS, and Kansas City, MO, police said the suspect would break in while people were home.

The burglar wasn't going for big-ticket items that would be easy to sell. What he was stealing didn't appear to have much real value.

Police believe he was in it for the thrill.

"The only thing that makes sense was this was an adrenaline rush for him," Helvie said.

There were no forced signs of entry to the houses, but several had pet doors. Detective Mike McClure said he remembered working some cases about five years ago where the suspect, Raymond Dorsey, entered his victims' houses through doggie doors.

Investigators looked up Dorsey in the Department of Corrections database and learned he got out of prison Jan. 18, right before the recent string of burglaries began.

"It's got to be this guy, I mean it's just one of those things. It's kind of a rare thing," Helvie said.

Detectives said Dorsey would break in, take cell phones and iPods, then steal the victims' car, before moving on to the house where he would leave the stolen car nearby and take a new one.

Once police figured out who it was, they started watching him. Their surveillance led them to a home in Leawood early Sunday morning. Police said Dorsey opened the garage door to leave, and police were there. He ran back into the house and police followed, fearing, like before, someone would be home.

In this case, a family of five was asleep and woke up to the commotion - they had no idea someone had been inside their house.

"He was relieved there were more good guys than just him," said Leawood Detective Jason Ahring.

Police believe there are more victims out there and want to hear from anyone who might have had things stolen. Dorsey is in the Johnson County Jail facing two counts of aggravated burglary with more charges to come.

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