COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Matthew Freeman got the call haunting Southwest Florida Subway owners on Monday.
"Security company called me at about 5:30 in the morning. Said there had been a front break-in," Freeman said on Wednesday.
But these thieves didn't smash the front glass door like the crooks caught on surveillance tape hitting 14 Subway locations across Lee County. Instead, Freeman says they entered with a key, leading him to think this time it was an inside job. Still, with the rash of Subway smash and grabs, Collier County Sheriff's Office is investigating whether there's a connection.
"At first, I thought that. There's been a lot of Subway robberies lately," Freeman said.
The thieves didn't make out with much money. For the $100 they snatched from the cash drawer, they caused five times that much money in damage...making for a major headache for management.
"It's hard to run a business when you have no cash drawer, no printer for the credit cards, but we're doing it old school. Counting the money right out of the drawer," Freeman explained.
In the meantime, he isn't taking any more chances. Freeman's now reviewing his store's security to make sure they're never hit again.
"I'm installing a panic button for the employees if anything happens. Taking precautions when we close at night," Freeman said.
No suspects have been named at this point in time. Both Lee and Collier County Sheriff's Office are investigating the string of break-ins.
If you have any information regarding this case, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477.