Suspect charged with stealing 500 boots in south Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man accused of stealing 500 pairs of boots from a south Nashville warehouse in November was arrested Monday.

Police reported James Kemp, 37, broke into a trailer for a boot distributor on Hill Avenue in November 2014 and took 500 pairs of boots valued at $30,000.

According to an affidavit, the burglary occurred over the course of three hours and required three separate trips to complete.

He also allegedly stole a generator from the trailer.

Kemp was taken into custody Sunday night after Metro police stopped him for speeding and failure to dim his vehicle’s high beams.

Upon questioning, Kemp reportedly admitted to stealing the car he was driving, as well as burglarizing additional vehicles from a south Nashville auto repair shop.

Kemp was booked into the Metro jail and charged with burglary, vehicle theft, burglary of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, criminal impersonation, driving on a revoked license and vandalism. His bond was set at $175,000.

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