Third suspect arrested in 10K purse heist from Mother’s Ruin Bar — James Noel

Third suspect arrested in 10K purse heist from Mother’s Ruin Bar — James Noel

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23-year-old James Noel was involved in stealing a $10,000 Gucci purse at Mother’s Ruin bar previously covered by Scoop Nashville. He is the third suspect identified in the theft, caught on security footage from the bar. The theft happened on August 3rd when Madeline Lublin was charged with the theft, and her boyfriend, Aeden Whittington-Baschoff, was charged with a false report after returning the purse. The video shows James as the one who grabbed the purse from the table and handed it to Madeline. He was unidentified during the time in which Madeline was arrested but was later told who he was. During the investigation, an anonymous tip was sent in from crime stoppers, absolutely confirming James’ identity. Police also confirmed his place of employment, which they contacted and received James’ contact information. The officer spoke with James, who said he would surrender himself due to his involvement in the theft.

James Noel (MNPD)
James Noel (MNPD)

James Lee Noel of Flint Ridge Dr in Whites Creek, TN, was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail on August 8th, charged with theft of property. He is free on a $2,500 bond.

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