Most people don’t think twice about leaving their laptop computer on their desk when they take a break for lunch or a meeting, and Metro police say career burglar Vincent Sneed preyed on that tendency.
Sneed allegedly posed as an employee, walked into several businesses during business hours, picked up unattended laptops and quickly walked out, police.
Police said Sneed’s key was that he acted like he belonged.
The 48-year-old career burglar was re-arrested Wednesday in Madison. He had been released on parole in May after serving time for a 2006 burglary conviction.
Sneed, who is suspected in scores of break-ins, is charged with burglarizing the Nashville Orthopedic Clinic on 24th Avenue North on Dec. 10 and Dixie Graphics on Grassmere Park Road on New Year’s Day. More charges are expected.
Detectives in the south, west and central precincts are working with Sneed to identify businesses he broke into in the last year.
He has multiple previous convictions for aggravated burglary, burglary and theft.