Pickpocketing increases in Downtown Nashville

Posted at 4:58 PM, Jun 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-04 21:35:01-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — More than 160 pickpocket crimes were reported in downtown Nashville last year - double the 2017 total. Police are warning people to be extra vigilant ahead of CMA fest.

It's something Kelly Etheridge, unfortunately, had to deal with. Her phone was stolen Saturday while at the FGL House. When she reported it to security, she was told she wasn't the only one.

"I went into the bar and maybe 15 minutes later that my phone wasn’t in my purse and when I reported it to security they said in the last half hour 10 to 15 people had also reported phone theft," said Etheridge.

She said she didn't even feel it happen, but she definitely felt the $700 cost to replace her phone.

"Being in a crowded bar like that, people are always bumping into you its so easy for someone to swipe it," said Etheridge.

Etheridge filed a police report.

"In my phone, I had lots of photos financial info, personal info," said Etheridge, "I'm still checking my stuff to make sure nothing has been stole."

If you do bring a bag during CMA fest, make sure it has zippers and keep your bag in front of you. You may want to limit what you bring as well.