PIQUA — The armed robbery that reportedly occurred at Subway on Friday, Dec. 4, was not the first time that restaurant had been hit with criminal activity.
Unrelated to that incident, that same Subway had reportedly been broken into twice, and an ex-employee was the alleged culprit.
On Nov. 26, Piqua police responded to a “glass break” alarm at Subway, located at 1225 E. Ash St., at 2 a.m. Upon arrival, an officer found that a large, cement block had been thrown at the back door of the business. According to Piqua police reports, both cash registers were also open.
When the owner of the restaurant arrived on scene, he stated that another similar incident had occurred on Nov. 24.
In surveillance footage of the Nov. 26 incident, the suspect is reportedly seen breaking the door and tearing away shattered glass before climbing through the door. The suspect then reportedly goes right to the drive-thru cash register.
At that point, the suspect “appears to look for something and then runs to the cash register in the front of the store,” according to Piqua police reports. The suspect appears to find a key for the registers and then allegedly takes cash from both of the registers before fleeing. The entire incident lasts one minute.
A tattoo of a name was also seen on the suspect in the surveillance video, which reportedly appeared to match a tattoo on a former employee of Subway. In previous booking photos, the male reportedly had the same name tattooed in the same spot as what was captured on video.
Joshua B. Leet, 31, of Piqua, was charged with fifth-degree felony breaking and entering. At the time, Leet was being held at the Montgomery County Jail for a separate incident.
Prior to those incidents, Leet was also accused of taking his girlfriend’s car without her permission on Nov. 21. According to Piqua police reports, the victim stated she received a phone call from a friend informing her that Leet was allegedly trying to sell the victim’s prescription Vicodin that was left in the vehicle.
The Dayton Police Department recovered the vehicle on Nov. 26. Leet was later charged with first-degree misdemeanor unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Leet was transferred to the Miami County Jail on Friday, Dec. 4. He is currently being held there on a total of $6,000 cash only bond and is awaiting preliminary hearings.
The suspect in the most recent incident on Friday is still being sought, after entering the front door of the restaurant and displaying “a large butcher knife.” He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6-foot tall, wearing a Carhart jacket. He was reportedly wearing a green mask.
Anyone with information regarding this incident can call the Piqua Police Department at (937) 778-2027. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling (937) 615-TIPS (8477) or by visiting www.piquaoh.org/police_submitatip.htm for more information.
To submit an anonymous tip through text messaging, type the keyword PIQUAPD and the message, then send it to 274637.
Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall