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Elusive burglary suspect now in custody

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

A man suspected of a string of burglaries and car thefts, who kept managing to get away from police for several weeks, is now under arrest.

Police say 31-year-old Paul David Brown was arrested around 10:15 Wednesday night at the Speedway at Nicholasville Road and Larkin Road in Lexington.

Several law enforcement agencies, including Kentucky State Police, Nicholasville Police, Lexington Police, and U.S. Marshals, worked together to make the arrest.

After getting some information Brown was staying in Lexington, police say they set up surveillance at several locations around the city to try to arrest him.

On Wednesday night, police say several officers followed Brown's sister to the Speedway store. Once arriving there, the officers say they spotted Brown in the parking lot.

Police say Brown was taken into custody following a short scuffle with the arresting officers.

Brown was charged with resisting arrest, and several arrest warrants were served on him as well.

Police also arrested Brown's sister at the same time. She's also charged with resisting arrest. Both are now being held at the Fayette County Detention Center.

They say they were driving their mother's pickup truck that also had stolen items inside.

"We did find stolen property inside of the vehicle he was in so we've recovered some of the stolen property and trying to sort out who owns that property and what county it was stolen from," says Trooper Chris Lanham with Kentucky State Police.

Police say Brown has eluded them for some time.

Last week, Nicholasville Police say they spotted him sitting in a stolen car. Officers say he then drove through several yards, in order to get away from them.

Brown is a suspect in a string of burglaries in at least seven counties in central Kentucky. They say those counties include Boyle, Lincoln, Garrard, Mercer, Jessamine, Pulaski and Fayette Counties.

They say last night Paul Brown had several visitors from these counties in jail.

"All throughout the night deputies and city police officers had been arriving at the jail to serve the warrants on him on those respective counties," says Trooper Chris Lanham.

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