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Equipment swiped from North Oldham High found in Louisville's West End

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John Deere Gators, lawnmowers and marching band's utility trailer found with $50,000 worth of other stolen items

A Louisville couple has been arrested in connection with theft of lawncare equipment from North Oldham High School.

After a four-hour standoff with police, James David McGuffin, 24, and Jennifer Cheatham, 23, were arrested peacefully Jan. 8 at their Portland home.

Lawn care equipment, including two John Deere Gators and two zero-turn radius lawnmowers, were recovered from the property.

A 16-foot utility trailer used by the NOHS band was recovered by Louisville Metro Police Jan. 7, and police found band equipment at McGuffin’s home.

Police believe the couple are behind 19 burglaries between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, mostly in the Highlands and Indian Hills.

An estimated $50,000 worth of stolen goods were found at the house — including watches, jewelry, cameras and electronics.

Police are also searching for Cheatham’s cousin, Brandon Cheatham, who has previous theft convictions.

LMPD detectives say Brandon, 25, was released from jail Nov. 26 in Indiana, two days before the first Louisville burglary. He was serving time in Indiana on theft charges.

Police say Brandon drives a green Mercury Villager van spotted during the burglaries.

Police allege Brandon is also the person suspected of impersonating a police officer pulling people over in the Highlands several months ago. The impostor stole a woman’s debit card and her cash at a nearby ATM and his image was captured by a surveillance camera.

Brandon was released from jail on parole in Kentucky in November 2011.

McGuffin and Cheatham are both charged with receiving stolen property over $10,000 and are scheduled for preliminary hearings in Jefferson County District Court Jan. 18.

McGuffin is also charged with burglary and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Jefferson County District Court on that charge Jan. 22.

McGuffin has several theft and drug convictions going back six years.

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