Why So Many Robberies At Subway?

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email

There’s a rash of Subway robberies. There have been 9 so far this year, 23 in the past two years. Colorado Springs Police are trying to figure out why the sandwich shops are a target for crooks.

It was like any other Friday night at the Subway off Woodmen, about an hour before closing time, when two masked men with guns ran inside the sandwich shop. "They said ‘Get down, you're being robbed.’ I thought it was a joke; I couldn't believe it was happening," Breanna Hicks tells 11 News. She was working at the time when she says two men pointed the gun at her co-worker, demanded money and then fled out the back door.

Breanna's story is similar to the several other Subway employees who've been robbed. The latest target was on Saturday night off Uintah near I-25.

"We don't know why the increase is happening. The suspects are not getting large amounts of money, and a lot of times, the suspects get arrested right after crime," Sgt. Jeff Jensen with the Springs Police Robbery Unit said. In just the past 3 months, Subways have been robbed 9 times, some even hit twice. "That's a high number for a chain restaurant of any sort."

Meanwhile, Breanna's nightmare isn't far from her mind. "I was kind of stunned; I was shaking a little bit.” Her co-worker has since quit. Police recently sent out a letter to all the Subway owners alerting them about the problem.

If you have any information on these robberies, call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.


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