Clinton Police Department investigators are searching for two women allegedly involved in a July 20 heist at Subway, where they were employed until both being fired the day before the larceny occurred.
Warrants were issued July 25 on two suspects, Lauren Butler Caballero, 23, and Debreezja Jones, 22, on charges of breaking and entering, safe cracking, felony larceny and misdemeanor larceny. The two former employees were reportedly dismissed July 19 before returning to the Clinton location on Northeast Boulevard the next night, dressed in their work uniforms. They allegedly took hundreds of dollars from the business, Subway co-owner Frank Brinkley said at the time.
Clinton Police Lt. Alpha Clowney said the women were last seen in Fayetteville, and police have been searching for their whereabouts.
“We spent last week looking for them,” Clowney said. “We would like to encourage people to contact police if they see or have information on the location of these suspects.”
The day after the larceny, Brinkley, who co-owns the two Clinton Subway locations with Robert Scott, released nearly a dozen surveillance images from four different camera angles that appeared to capture the two suspects as they unlocked the front register and a safe before one of them snatched the money. The theft occurred around 10:40 p.m. July 20. The Subway stores close at 10 p.m.
“It was an inside job,” said Brinkley, when reached the next day. “They were fired on (July 19) and came back last night.”
The incident was reported July 21 to Clinton Police Department authorities. At the time, Clinton Police Chief Donald Edwards said that surveillance video showed two persons of interest who authorities believed to have had “some inside knowledge of the business,” but did not go into detail.
Brinkley said the money, $752 in total, was taken as the Subway crew closed the eatery on Thursday night. Brinkley said one of the suspects came in and let a second suspect in through the back door. Both then made their way to the register. They were each dressed in green Subway shirts.
“The crew that was there (July 20) did not know they had been dismissed,” Brinkley said, “and thought they were there to help them close. That’s how they acted.”
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Det. Salah O’Neill at the Clinton Police Department, at 910-592-3105. Citizens may also provide information using the anonymous texting service, CPD TIP411 by texting “tipcpd” and the tip to 847411.
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