A man was arrested Thursday after a bartender saw him trying to steal a woman’s purse and followed him until police could make an arrest, according to a release.

A bartender saw Jeffrey B. White, 53, trying to take a woman’s purse from the top of the bar at Paul’s Club at 204 State St. around 11:58 p.m. Thursday, according to the release.

Officials said the bartender recognized White because he had been kicked out of the bar several times in the past for similar theft attempts.

The bartender tried to stop White but he was able to get away so he followed White outside and stayed on his trail until officers could make the arrest, according to the release.

White was arrested on charges of attempting to commit theft and unlawful trespassing.

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