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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police say a Wilmington man who’s previous crimes brought him fame through a cable TV show is at it again.

WPD says Monday an officer was patrolling the 5200 block of Market Street when he noticed a white man breaking into a coin machine. The man ran from the officer, but was caught a few blocks away.

Kylen Duane Padgett Jr., 26, of Wilmington, is charged with breaking and entering of a coin operated machine, possession of burglary tools, resisting arrest and possession of a moped with an altered VIN. Padgett is in the New Hanover County Jail under a $10,000 bond.

WPD says Padgett was featured on the Discovery Channel’s series “I Almost Got Away with It.” Police say when Padgett was 19, he was arrested for a crime spree in Wilmington and New Hanover County. The television series highlighted a jury acquitted Padgett of a 2007 attempted murder charge. Police say not long after than he reverted back to his old ways by robbing wealthy home owners. The crime-spree launched a county-wide manhunt.

The Department of Corrections website shows Padgett’s criminal record includes convictions for larceny, breaking and entering, resisting officers and other crimes. He got out of prison in April after nearly three and a half years behind bars.


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