Police arrest suspected serial burglar

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 8:24pm
Staff reports
Terry Lee Smith

An ex-convict with a penchant for burglary is back behind bars facing charges in six Nashville area break-ins with additional charges expected later this week, Metro police said.

Terry Lee Smith, 40, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly breaking into the Corner Pub at 2000 Broadway, police said.

An officer on routine patrol at 6:10 a.m. heard Corner Pub’s alarm sounding and saw that the rear door had been kicked in, police said. A citizen told the officer that a man had just run toward a nearby parking garage.

Officer Eric Hayes found Smith, out of breath, on top of the structure. Police say he was carrying a total of $410 in $1 and $5 bills.

A check of the pub’s interior showed all of the vending machines had been vandalized and cash taken from them.

During an interview with detectives from several precincts, police say Smith admitted to burglarizing nearly 20 bars and restaurants since Thanksgiving and taking cash from their vending machines.

He is charged with burglaries in west Nashville, on Music Valley Drive, the Thompson Lane/Murfreesboro Road area of South Nashville and north Nashville.

For now, Smith is charged with burglarizing:

  • Shoney’s, 7745 Highway 70 South, on Dec. 24
  • Cumberland Pub, 3745 Annex Avenue, on Dec. 26
  • Brewhouse West & Mojo Grill, 7108 Charlotte Pike, on Dec. 28
  • 64 Ten Bar & Grill, 6410 Charlotte Pike, on Dec. 28
  • REBAR, 1919 Division Street, on Jan. 11
  • Corner Pub, 2000 Broadway, on Jan. 13

Smith is an ex-convict whose record reflects multiple burglary and theft convictions out of Memphis in the 1990s, police said.


1 Comment on this post:

By: fightcrib on 1/14/10 at 11:30

I recognize this guy. He is a former University of Tennessee athlete.

Fightcrib, BNA