Footage from a hidden camera shows Adam Parker rummaging through Rhonda Vincent's tour bus in Nashville.
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
A convicted thief, who once worked for a premier tour bus company, admitted to the Channel 4 I-Team that he "made mistakes" when he stole money from a safe in the tour bus of bluegrass music star Rhonda Vincent.
Vincent now has concerns that other famous musicians may be victims of this thief as well.
"Right before he went onto my bus, he was in Montgomery Gentry's bus," Vincent said.
Vincent said her money started missing from the safe in her tour bus in 2013.
"I'm shaking, just the thought that someone had violated - this is like our home," Vincent said.
The thefts stopped while she was on tour, so Vincent began to suspect it was happening while her bus was parked in Whites Creek at Hemphill Brothers Coach Company, which houses and sells tour buses for some of the biggest stars in country music.
Vincent decided she would set up a hidden camera inside her bus inside an alarm clock.
"We had a live camera feed and a video feed," Vincent said.
Vincent also put dusting powder on $6,000 and shook it inside a trash bag before placing it inside the safe.
"So if you touched this money, you would have a residue on your hands for 30 days," Vincent said.
When the live video feed suddenly went out, Vincent hurried to the bus, but made sure she wouldn't be recognized.
"I grabbed a T-shirt. I grabbed a wig, sunglasses and a fake cigarette," Vincent said.
When Vincent got on the bus, the money was gone, and she saw that the alarm clock had been turned face down, which explained why the live feed had gone dark.
But the recorded video inside the camera caught the crook in action.
In the video, a man - later identified as Adam Parker - is seen coming onto the bus, saying, "Hey bro," and sliding back curtains to make sure none of Vincent's band members were still sleeping.
Parker then goes right for the safe, punching in the code and starts cleaning it out.
Parker puts on gloves and stuffs his pockets, making the dust powder on the money useless.
When Vincent saw the video, she wondered how Parker got the combination. She later realized the code had been tucked away under bed sheets.
She later learned the man stealing from her had been hired by Hemphill to clean her bus.
"This guy had been going through our bus, pilfering through all our stuff," Vincent said.
The video was enough for police to arrest Parker.
But other video captured from that day raised even more questions.
Hemphill's exterior cameras caught Parker walking into several other buses before he enters Vincent's, including the bus belonging to country star Eddie Montgomery.
When Vincent spoke to Hemphill's employees afterwards, she said one of them told her that theft had been a "black cloud over this place for a long time."
"They said Tim McGraw had had money taken from his bus," Vincent said.
Hemphill Brothers denied a request from the Channel 4 I-Team for an interview, but issued a statement reading, in part:
"Once the identity of the employee was discovered, his employment was terminated and we cooperated with Ms. Vincent to report the matter to the Metro Police Department. In 34 years we have never had something like this to occur [...] This was an isolated incident and one that we trust will not occur again."
Only one person knows for sure. The Channel 4 I-Team tracked down Parker by phone, who ultimately pleaded guilty to theft in court.
"Ms. Vincent has concerns that you went to other buses from other country music stars," asked chief investigative reporter Jeremy Finley.
"Oh yeah?" Parker responded.
"The question is, are there other victims out there?" Finley asked.
"No, there is not," Parker said.
"There's video of you walking into other people's buses," Finley said.
"That was my [cleaning] job. I don't have to explain," Parker said.
"Why did you go to her safe?" Finley asked.
"Ah, people make mistakes, man," Parker said.
The Channel 4 I-Team reached out to both Tim McGraw and Montgomery Gentry's management to see if they'd had anything stolen.
McGraw's management sent an email saying they had nothing to contribute to our story, and Montgomery Gentry's manager said they weren't aware of any missing money from their bus.
We also checked police reports to see if there were other thefts from Hemphill reported to police, and there was only one other in two years - made on the same day the video caught Parker stealing from Vincent.
The Channel 4 I-Team found the man who made the report, and he said he later determined that what he thought was stolen was found somewhere else.
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