Police say a gloved lingerie bandit was scared off from his prize when a 22-year-old woman caught him as he was entering her mother’s home in Seymour Tuesday. The man, later identified as Ernest Larry Nelson aged 40 of Primrose Circle, Maryville, reportedly fled the scene in the 22-year-old’s mother’s car and a high-speed pursuit ensued when he was spotted by police.
The chase didn’t last long though, as Nelson allegedly started driving so erratically that the pursuing deputy had to stop following the man.
“I turned on my emergency lights and sirens so I could safely turn around on Sevierville Road and the suspect vehicle passed three cars on a sharp curve at a very high speed. Suspect was making too many dangerous maneuvers for me to safely continue the pursuit without risking innocent persons or property.”
Hurst turned around and responded to the victim’s home and spoke with the 22-year-old, who told him she was in the kitchen doing dishes when she heard the garage door open at about midday. Moments later the door to the kitchen opened and she was face to face with a gloved man.
Once the man saw the 22-year-old he left in a Hyundai station wagon belonging to the 22-year-old’s mother, the report said. At that point, the woman’s 45-year-old father returned home and told deputies he knew the name of a possible lingerie thief was Nelson.
The man showed the 22-year-old a picture of Nelson and she “advised this was the person that entered the home.” Authorities contacted the man’s wife in Knoxville and she said “she did let (Nelson) borrow her car, but did not give him permission to be at her home or enter her home,”.
Nelson returned the woman’s car to her workplace in Knoxville at about 1:30 p.m. and he was detained there and later brought to the Blount County Jail. Nelson reportedly told officers that he had gone to the woman’s home to “steal the sexy set of bras and panties that (she) wore one night and when he saw the daughter in the home he panicked.”
Nelson was arrested on charges of aggravated burglary and felony evading arrest. He was being held at the Blount County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $10,000 pending a 1:30 p.m. Jan. 12 hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court. Mong.