Man wanted in Nashville purse snatching arrested in Scottsboro

Gilbert Dean O'String was arrested for stealing from a vehicle in Scottsboro, but he's wanted for a more serious crime in Nashville.

Posted: May 11, 2018 4:23 PM

Scottsboro police have a man in custody who is wanted for a purse snatching in Nashville.

Gilbert Dean O'String, 48, of Anderson, S.C., is charged in Scottsboro with breaking and entering a vehicle, theft and being a fugitive from justice.

O'String is accused of breaking into a vehicle on Willow Street in Scottsboro, and police said they found him with items that had been stolen from the vehicle. He admitted the crime, Scottsboro police said. 

O'String also had a warrant for robbery out of Nashville, where, police said he knocked a 70-year-old woman down and took her purse on May 3. Metro Nashville police released video of the incident on YouTube.

The woman had facial injuries and broken bones in her right hand as a result of the robbery, police said.

O'String got out of prison in June 2017 and has prior convictions for theft, forgery, identity theft, fraudulent credit card and reckless aggravated assault, police said.

He's being held in the Jackson County Jail without bond.

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