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'Dangerous' burglary suspect behind bars

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Lopez suspected of breaking into homes in southern end of county

By Ben Carlson

A man suspected in a string of home burglaries and described by police as “dangerous” turned himself last week following a four-county manhunt.
James Lopez Jr. of Somerset was wanted on suspicion of at least two burglaries in southern Anderson County that occurred Feb. 7-8 on Hawthorne Lane and Bonds Mill Road, according to Det. Bryan Taylor of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.
He was also suspected of burglaries in Mercer, Boyle and Casey counties, Taylor said.
“He’s dangerous,” Taylor said last week when issuing a warning to Anderson County residents near the Mercer County line. “Citizens in the southern end of the county need to be on extra-high alert for this guy and keep their valuables stored away.”
Lopez, who previously served prison time for burglary, allegedly stole cash, jewelry and prescription narcotics. Taylor said Lopez is suspected of knocking on doors and, when no one answered, kicking them in to gain entry.
Lopez turned himself into police last Friday in Somerset. Taylor said Lopez was uncooperative when he interviewed him that day.
It remains unclear what charges Lopez will face in the Anderson County burglaries.