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Thief dubbed 'Burglar to the Stars' arrested in Fla.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A thief dubbed the "Burglar to the Stars" was taken into police custody at his Florida home Monday.

Blane Nordahl was wanted by authorities in several states, including Tennessee, for burglaries.

On Tuesday, news of the 51-year-old man's capture was on the front page of the New York Times, where Nordahl is suspected of stealing silver from celebrities, including Ivana Trump and Bruce Springsteen.

"The only thing different about him and a petty crook is the value of the things he stole," Detective Tom Sexton told Nashville's News 2 Investigates.

According to Sexton, Nordahl is a person of interest in seven burglaries that occurred in Belle Meade over the past 18 months.  In each of the burglaries, silver was stolen.

"Bottom line is, he is a thief," he said. "He is not anything special or elaborate. He doesn't have a drug problem. He doesn't drink or smoke. He comes from a good family. He was living in a modest neighborhood under the radar."

Despite being suspected of stealing millions in silver over the last 30 years from some of the wealthiest Americans, Sexton said Nordahl continued to live a modest life.

He has interviewed Nordahl in connection to the Belle Meade burglaries, but has not filed charges, noting there is plenty of time to do so.

"The tax payers of Tennessee shouldn't pay for someone sitting in someone else's jail," Sexton explained, adding, "He has to go to Georgia to jail, he has to go to New York to jail. There's no hurry."

Investigators say Nordahl comes from a good family.  His father was an artist and the portraitist for pop superstar Michael Jackson for decades.

According to a 2000 article in U.S. News and World, more than 100 burglaries in 10 states are attributed to Nordahl.  His silver take is estimated to be in the millions.

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