Police have captured a man accused of breaking into cars and stealing women's purses in high-end areas of Nashville.
Metro and Brentwood police said Aaron Tidwell, 22, burglarized three different cars, Tuesday.
Officers reported they were conducting surveillance on him in relation to auto burglaries in the west precinct.
On Tuesday, authorities spotted him pulling into the historic Traveller's Rest Plantation and Museum in Crieve Hall. Before they could catch him, they said he broke into a car and stole a woman's purse and jacket.
The same day, officers spotted him make a brief stop at a home in the 800 block of Overton Court in the Treemont community, in Oak Hill. The home is assessed at nearly $1.2 million.
Police checked the parked car in the driveway and found the window busted out. The owner said everything was strewn about, but didn't believe anything was taken.
The third burglary occurred in the 200 block of Hillwood Boulevard in west Nashville. The house has an assessed value of more than $700,000.
Police said they spotted Tidwell exit the driveway, so they checked the parked car. Officers discovered he busted out the rear passenger window and stole a purse, $25 and a passport.
Tidwell was finally arrested at a Mapco on Trousdale Drive and charged with the burglaries.
Officers said he was carrying prescription drugs without a prescription and driving on a suspended license.
Tidwell is also accused of trying to run from officers while handcuffed.
He was charged with three counts of burglary of a motor vehicle, misdemeanor escaping custody, driving on a suspended license, and possession of a controlled substance.
He is being held in the Metro jail on $55,000.
Records show he was also arrested February 13 for breaking into two other cars. He bonded out of jail the same day.
The first burglary occurred on January 29 at a home on Wimbledon Road in west Nashville. Police said he stole a woman's purse then used her bank card and withdrew more than $800. The home is assessed at nearly $1 million.
The second occurred February 2 when police said Tidwell stole a woman's purse and tried to withdraw money using her credit card but was unsuccessful.
Thursday, August 28 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:28:07 GMT
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