Former Subway employee charged in burglaries

Friday, March 4, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 11:25 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 9, 2008

A former Subway employee remained in Boone County jail Thursday, arrested in connection with seven different burglaries, including five that took place at restaurants where he was employed.

William Shellie Franko, 21, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with four counts of second-degree burglary. His bond is set at $20,000.

Cases with multiple incidents such as this are usually condensed when a suspect is charged, the Columbia Police Department said.

“We take the majority of the strongest cases with physical evidence and charge for those,” said Sgt. Stephen Monticelli of the department’s Major Crimes Unit.

Police said Franko stole cash and lockboxes from two Subway stores in Columbia, D’Agostino’s restaurant and Casey’s General Store on West Broadway.

Franko worked at Subway at 1406 Forum Blvd., which was burglarized four times between Jan. 15 and Feb. 18. After three break-ins in January, cameras were installed and the procedures concerning money were changed. When the store was broken into on Feb. 18, the new security measures prevented the burglar from taking anything.

“He was only in there 27 seconds the last time,” Monticelli said.

Police suspect this is why Casey’s was also targeted the same night. Subway was broken into at 12:53 a.m., and Casey’s was broken into at 1:04 a.m.

Franko was also employed at D’Agostino’s when it was burglarized.

Police said Franko implicated himself during the investigation of the burglaries. A preliminary hearing is set for March 28.

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