Metro police may be on the verge of cracking a months-long theft operation after a man accused of breaking into an occupied room at the downtown Renaissance Hotel on Wednesday was also found with several stolen room keys.
A guest at the hotel said while they were inside their room, a man, identified as Antwoun Brown, suddenly entered.
The victim said Brown then asked where the ice machine was located. Before Brown entered, the guest said he heard the door's key reader beep as if someone was trying to gain access to the room.
The victim said they do not know Brown and did not give him permission to enter their room.
Brown was found with a stack of seven room keys cards from the Renaissance Hotel and various other hotels that he said he took from a room service cart.
Brown also had a knife with a chiseled tip, which can be used to open locks.
Staff from the Renaissance Hotel apprehended Brown before police took him into custody.
"It's actually kind of scary to think my safety and well being is in jeopardy due to random access of key cards - that people could get into the place where I'm sleeping and steal my items," said hotel guest Chris Patterson.
Police said Brown admitted to being at the room and speaking with the victim about an ice machine.
Brown, 34, is charged with aggravated burglary and possession of burglary tools.
He will be investigated in connection with 10 similar burglaries over the past 11 months at six downtown area hotels and motels, police said.
Brown had been convicted of burglary in 2011 and received a two-year prison sentence, but it is not clear why he wasn't still behind bars for that conviction before allegedly targeting Nashville tourists.
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