Two Money-Filled Safes Stolen from Fast Food Restaurant

By: Olivia Fecteau Email
By: Olivia Fecteau Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Two money filled safes were taken during a burglary at a Huntington fast food restaurant early Thursday morning.

Employees at the Hardee’s on Washington Avenue say they discovered the theft when they came to work about 4:30 a.m.

The employees said the side door near the drive-thru window had been pried open. The employee then called police according to Kathy Miller, the general manager of the restaurant.

Miller says surveillance footage the store is giving to Huntington Police shows two men breaking into the restaurant about 1:20 a.m. and then stayed for about one hour. During that time, they took two safes full of money -- one of which was bolted to the floor and had to be cut out.

"It would take two to lift the one that they cut out of the floor," Miller said.

Miller estimates that about $2,000 was taken in Thursday’s burglary. But her concern is less about the money -- and more about her workers, especially the ones who open the restaurant so early in the morning.

"There's two girls in here for like an hour by themselves, and then nighttime, sometimes when we leave out of here we're leaving out here by ourselves," Miller said.

One of those girls is Miller's daughter. She was also one of the workers who discovered the break-in when the store was burglarized in September. For Miller, the break-in hits even closer to home.

"I feel totally violated," Miller said.

In addition to breaking the lock on the side door, the thieves also cut the Internet and phone lines to the store. That caused extra trouble for Hardee's Thursday.

"No credit cards," Miller said. "The Internet has to be up to run the credit cards. We lost a few customers because some people don't carry cash on them."

The last time this happened, Miller says no arrests were made. This time, she hopes police will be able to identify the burglars from the surveillance footage.

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