By Erica Thomas, managing editor
TRUSSVILLE — A little planning ahead by a district manager at Waffle House went a long way after a thief broke into the Trussville location, on North Chalkville Road, late on Sunday, July 26, 2020.
According to a police report, the manager came into work early Monday to find the back door had been pried open. Inside he found the security camera computer and the safe had been taken. There were also coins scattered across the kitchen floor and the thief left behind a crowbar and bolt cutters, according to a police report.
Trussville Police responded to the scene to investigate. The manager told investigators he had heard about thefts of safes from surrounding Waffle House restaurants, so he had hidden the money elsewhere in the store. The investigators found the hidden cash untouched.
A nearby business provided security camera footage of a white or gray extended cab truck pulling around the back of the Waffle House around 9:48 p.m., when the burglary may have occurred.
Police said they believe the same person broke into a Waffle House in Hoover on the same night. A suspect has not been identified.
The person responsible could be charged with third-degree burglary and first-degree theft of property.
If you have information or recognize the truck pictured, you are asked to call the Trussville Police Department at (205) 655-2101.