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Subway Burglary In Coopertown Caught On Video

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by Marcus Washington

GREENBRIER, Tenn. – Police are using surveillance video to search for a suspect who was seen burglarizing a Subway restaurant in Coopertown.

The video shows the beginning of a well-planned crime as the burglar pulls up his pick-up truck to the door and looks through glass window before breaking it with a rock.

Once inside, high definition video from this Subway on Tom Austin Highway near Coopertown records the crime from every angle.

"He knew when he got into that store; he knew not to look directly at those cameras. He knew right where they were, we believe," said Coopertown Police Department officer Steven McDougal.

The video shows the first item the man takes is the tip jar as he climbed over the counter.

Officer McDougal said the crook was aware of what video could reveal to police, so he took extra precaution.

"He's hid every mark on him. Tattoo on up on his arms, he covered them with bandanas. Do-rag on his head, sun glasses, he actually even took what we believe to be electric tape to cover up his finger prints," said the officer.

In less than five minutes, the crook was able to steal a tip jar, cash register and the store's safe, but he didn't stop there.

"Once he got it out the store he actually came back in and got two drinks (sodas) before he left," said McDougal.

He said there is little that could have been done to stop the crime because, "It's hard to stop thieves when they want something. They're going to find a way to get into it and the more money you invest into (protection); they're going to find a way inside," said McDougal.

While his identity was concealed, police said someone knows who this man is, and they need the public's help in catching him and putting him behind bars.

Police said they believe the car the burglar was driving was a 1992 or 1993 model extended Ford Ranger truck. Officer McDougal said the color is either blue, green or primer black color.

If you have any information, you're asked to call Coopertown Police at 615-382-7007 or 615-879-6430.

NewsChannel 5 spoke with a worker at the Subway and she said there was more than $5,000 in damages and stolen money.

There are plans to put bars on both the door and windows soon.

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