Yulee, Fla. -- Nassau Sheriff's Deputies captured one of the nation's most notorious cat burglars Monday in Hilliard.
Blane David Nordahl, known as "Burglar to the Stars" and "The Silver Thief", is believed to have stolen $3 million in around 150 burglaries by taking expensive silver items from upscale homes, including those of Ivana Trump, Curt Gowdy and Bruce Springsteen.
The Jacksonville native was arrested following a short foot pursuit after he showed up at the Canterberry Apartments in Hilliard to meet his girlfriend's daughter.
He was arrested on two warrants out of Atlanta for burglary with intent to commit a first degree felony and conspiracy to commit a felony.
According to police, Nordahl, 51, made a living stealing from homes across the East Coast of America.
Nassau Deputies were notified by Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina police he might be in the Jacksonville area.
According to Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper, a typical Nordahl burglary goes like this:
The professional thief would approach a target house at night while the owners were asleep and carefully remove panes of glass from a French door, avoiding alarms that may be triggered by picking the lock, sometimes sneaking past sleeping dogs in the process. When all alarms were disabled, he would remove entire drawers full of silver items and take them outside to test them with his own silver test kit. Plate silver would be thrown away at the scene and he would leave with only the finest and most expensive items.
Nordahl would steal an average of around $20,000 worth of silver in a single burglary.
"The Silver Thief" has been caught numerous times and served an 8-year sentence after being convicted of stealing $50,000 worth of silver cutlery from the home of Ivana Trump.
"Nordahl mainly stole silver because it is usually kept in the kitchen and dining areas, which made it easier to take and not disturb anyone in the home" said Leeper.
Nordahl was also being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at the time of his arrest.
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