Man suspected of stuffing guitar down pants charged in Nashville theft

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A man suspected of stealing a guitar from a Murfreesboro business by hiding it down his pants has been charged for a similar crime in East Nashville.

Hayden Snyder, 32, was booked Thursday afternoon into the Metro jail on a charge of theft and bonded out a short time later.

According to an arrest affidavit, Snyder entered Eastside Music Supply on Gallatin Pike back on May 15, where he spent ten minutes looking over a box of records, repeatedly read a synthesizer instruction manual and asked the clerk nonsensical questions.

It appeared he was stalling until a back room became vacant, the paperwork states.

When people left the room, police said Snyder was seen on surveillance video going inside for a few minutes, then reemerging with part of a guitar sticking out of his waistband.

The manager of Eastside Music Supply later reported an Eric Clapton Fender Stratocaster guitar was missing.

Snyder turned himself in to Murfreesboro police on May 22 after he was named a suspect in a similar theft from April 26 at The String Shop, where he reportedly stuffed a Fender Telecaster guitar down his pants and left with it.

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Two days after his arrest, Metro police said they showed the manager of Eastside Music Supply a photo line-up that included Snyder’s picture.

The manager positively identified Snyder as the suspect in the theft from his business, investigators said.

Authorities believe Snyder committed similar crimes at Music World and Drummer’s Den in Franklin, as well as Lane Music in Brentwood.

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