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Car burglar caught thanks to purchase at Hardee's
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Travis Lowe

A man accused of breaking into three vehicles around Christmas was caught after video surveillance showed him using one of the stolen debit cards at Hardee’s.

Travis D. Lowe, 34, was indicted Friday by the Warren County grand jury on 11 counts, including three charges of breaking into motor vehicles, and two charges of fraudulent use of a debit card.

Lowe is accused of breaking into vehicles on Lind Street and Caney Lane. One of the debit cards stolen was used at Hardee’s for a purchase of $8.99.

McMinnville Police Lt. Ben Cantrell went to Hardee’s to examine surveillance footage and determined the person using the stolen debit card was driving a gray Jeep Grand Cherokee. A few days later, Lt. Cantrell observed such a vehicle traveling on South Chancery Street and conducted a traffic stop.

The driver identified himself as Travis Lowe and gave his correct date of birth, the arrest warrant states, but he did not have a driver’s license or other form of ID. A background check revealed Lowe has three convictions for driving on a suspended license.

Lowe is accused of taking two debit cards during the auto break-ins. He reportedly used the other one to try to put money on his Cash App account.

In addition, a Tennessee Titans cap was reported stolen during one of the car burglaries. Lowe was wearing the hat when he was pulled over by Lt. Cantrell, the arrest warrant states.