December 2, 2020

Subway restaurant closed after overnight burglary

(Franklin) – An unknown perpetrator made off with a substantial amount of money overnight after he broke in through the roof of the Subway restaurant at 2002 Franklin Parkway.

According to Lieutenant Tino Brooks, an investigator with the Franklin Police Department, the burglary took place between the hours of 1:30 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. early Sunday morning.

Police were able to view surveillance footage of the suspect but were unable to make a positive  identification. Brooks stated the video footage indicates that the burglar was a white male with a medium-sized build dressed in dark jeans, a dark-colored hoodie, and some sort of unidentifiable mask.

Based on the footage, it was also determined that the suspect appeared well-prepared. The man broke in through the roof on the back of the building and carried several tools with him which he then used to break into the store safe. Estimates are that he was on site for about an hour.

Employees attempt to divert water entering through the roof of the building during a Sunday afternoon rain shower. The restaurant is expected to re-open Monday morning.

Employees attempt to divert water entering through the roof of the building during a Sunday afternoon rain shower. The restaurant is expected to re-open Monday morning.

According to store management, the security system was partially disabled by the burglar.

Due to the excessive damage to the roof, the restaurant was forced to close all day Sunday but is expected to re-open tomorrow for regular business hours.

Store owner Michael McCorsley stated that early estimates on damage to the property could amount to several thousands of dollars. Employees on site Sunday afternoon were dealing with even more aggravation because of the rain entering through the damaged roof.

The burglary was discovered when an employee came into the store this morning at around 6:40 a.m. to open.

Lieutenant Brooks suspects this incident may be related to some other recent burglaries with the same method of operation. Several other small chain restaurants have been burglarized over the past few months in the West Georgia and East Alabama area including other Subway locations.

The Roanoke (AL) Subway was burglarized on November 29, 2012 and a West Point Subway was broken into on January 3, 2013.

An article posted by lagrangenews.com in early January offered surveillance photos and suggested that the suspect in the West Point burglary may also have committed other commercial burglaries in the area including a Domino’s Pizza in Carrollton. 

All of the recent burglaries were committed in the overnight hours with stores unattended by employees or customers. McCorsley added that his store employees do not have access to the safe.

The Franklin Police Department asks that anyone with any further information, or anyone who may have observed suspicious activity in the area last night, please contact them at (706)675-6623 or (706) 675-3328.

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