MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – A guitar worth nearly $1,000 was swiped right from under Dub Hollowell’s nose.
“The next thing I know it was over,” Hollowell said. “He was gone.”
He owns The String Shop in Murfreesboro. On April 26, police say Hayden Snyder stuffed a Fender Telecaster guitar down his pants then walked out.
“He just walked around real quietly, didn’t say goodbye or anything,” Hollowell said.
“Disbelief, you know, you don’t know what to do,” he said.
Franklin police say Snyder did the same thing at Music World and Drummer’s Den on S Church Street.
He’s accused of stealing a limited-edition guitar worth close to $4,000.
Franklin police found it at a pawn shop.
“That’s a pretty heavy loss,” said owner David Kiviniemi.
Even with six cameras in the store, Snyder wasn’t caught on surveillance.
“This is an experienced thief,” Kiviniemi said. “This is not the first time he’s done this.”
The owners of Lane Music in Brentwood did catch the thief on surveillance video in January, according to Brentwood police.
The video shows Snyder walking around the store for about five minutes before he stops and stuffs a guitar down his pants and underneath his coat.
When Hollowell saw the video, he recognized Snyder right away.
“Same hat, same coat, I go ‘I’ll be darned. That’s him,'” Hollowell said.
“Same thing, same thing,” said Dan Mitchell who works at Music World and Drummer’s Den. “Over and over.”
Snyder has been arrested several times but bonded out.
Both stores are adding more security in response to the thefts.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact Det. Kerry Thorpe at 615-893-2717.