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Johnston Restaurant Robbed: Possible Inside Job
web posted January 4, 2013
JOHNSTON – At least $900 was stolen from a
Johnston restaurant in what appears to be an inside job after the store
and safe were breeched and the alarm turned off. The theft took place
between December 27, at 10 pm and December 28, at 5:55 am, according to
an incident report released on Thursday. Police report that no forced
entry was made to the building.
The opening manager told police she arrived to open the Gary's
Hamburger on 397 Lee Street in Johnston at 5:55 am on Friday. When she
entered she noted that the door was locked, but the deadbolt was
unlocked. After entering she noticed the alarm was turned off and saw
the office door open. Inside she found the safe open and a money bag
containing $500 and another $400 in cash drawer money missing from the
She alerted the owner who called 911 to report the theft.
According to the incident report, the closing manager stated the safe
was locked and the alarm set before leaving to make the night's deposit
at 10 pm the preceding night.
The report states that the person or persons responsible had to have a
key to the door and the safe as well as the password for the alarm
system. There was no forced entry to the building, the office or the
Johnston Police Chief Chris Aston said Thursday they are investigating
the theft as a possible "inside job", adding that was not the only
direction the investigation is heading. "You never know if it's not
someone connected to one of the managers who could gain access to the
keys and codes."
Chief Aston said they will follow the evidence to lead them to the
The scene was processed and is under active investigation. The opening
manager freely allowed police to search her belongings and her car to
show she did not have the missing money.
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