A sharp-eyed citizen helped lead to the arrest four people who may have robbed a Guyton sandwich shop late Tuesday night.
Four people are in jail after a citizen alerted an Effingham County Sheriff’s deputy, who was filling up his patrol cruiser at a nearby gas station, that the front door of the Guyton Subway was ajar. A deputy informed dispatchers of the situation and went to check the store.
As he was getting out of his patrol car to check the building, the deputy saw a green Ford Taurus driving without its lights.
The deputy called for help, ECSO Detective David Ehsanipoor said, and another deputy stopped the car at Little McCall Road. Edwards went to confirm it was the same car he had seen leaving.
They discovered several items that had been taken from the Subway restaurant and notified the Guyton police officer on duty.
“They found an undisclosed amount of cash that had been taken from the Subway,” Ehsanipoor said.
Deputies turned the investigation over to Guyton officers, who also found a ski mask, hooded sweatshirts and a stolen wallet police credential and a police badge in the car, according to Guyton police.
The door to the Subway had been pried open, according to Capt. Kenny McDonald of the Guyton Police Department.
Taken into custody were Roger Ray Causey, 20, of Guyton, Christopher Aaron Taylor, 18, of Guyton, William Andrew Toth III, 17, of Springfield, and a 16-year-old juvenile.
Guyton Police Department has charged Causey with burglary, two counts of theft by receiving stolen property, conspiracy to commit a crime and interference with government property. Taylor was charged with two counts of theft by receiving stolen property, conspiracy to commit a crime and interference with government property.
Toth is being charged with one count of theft by receiving stolen property, and the 16-year-old also was charged with one count of theft by receiving stolen property.
“Increased patrols around commercial businesses and alert Sheriff’s deputies doing their job led to the quick apprehension of these burglary suspects,” Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie said.
Bond was posted for Causey, Taylor and Toth on Wednesday, and the juvenile was returned to his parents, according to the Guyton PD.