Man busted outside Taylor Swift’s home with crowbar, bat and dozens of lock picks

Man busted outside Taylor Swift’s home with crowbar, bat and dozens of lock picks


An obsessed Iowa man looking to “catch up” with pop star Taylor Swift was arrested outside of her Rhode Island beachfront mansion with a backpack stuffed with burglary tools and an aluminum bat, police said.

David Page Liddle, of Des Moines, was arrested Friday in Westerly after being spotted by residents who reported a suspicious man near a boatyard close to Swift’s home. Cops then found Liddle, 32, with a backpack that had an aluminum bat sticking out of it, police told The Westerly Sun.

“He kept telling us he knew her personally and was just coming to visit,” Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey told the newspaper. “He said he was trying to launch his singing career and she had agreed to help.”

Liddle told cops he arrived in the tony beachfront town of 22,000 residents after taking a train from New York City. He previously went to Nashville — where Swift also has a home – as well as Memphis in hopes to “catch up” with the “Shake It Off” star, Lacey said.

“He has a history – security guards at the home told us that he was already on a watch list because there were concerns he could pose a threat,” the chief continued. “It is our understanding that he may have visited other properties belonging to Taylor Swift in the past.”

Police searched Liddle’s backpack due to the protruding bat and found a bevy of burglary tools, including more than 30 different lock picks, a crowbar, a tool designed to break into windows, a flashlight and several pairs of rubber gloves, police said.

Swift was not at the residence at the time, Lacey told NBC News.

A judge ordered Liddle to undergo a mental health evaluation and to stay away from Swift’s properties, as well as not to make any attempt to contact the singer.

Swift has dealt with serial stalkers in the past, including a Florida man sentenced to up to four years in prison in April after breaking into her Manhattan townhouse just one month after he was released from jail for the same offense.

Liddle remained held on $10,000 bail early Wednesday after being arraigned Monday on charges of possession of burglary tools and possession of a prohibited weapon other than a firearm, jail record show. It’s unclear if he’s hired an attorney.

A message seeking comment from a rep for Swift was not immediately returned.

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