ELIZABETHTON — A burglar was able to steal $410 in cash from Greg’s Pizza over the weekend, police said, but the store and adjoining businesses suffered much more from the damage caused by the break-in through the roof on a night when heavy rains fell.
The burglary was discovered on Monday. Greg’s employee Ricky Harding Jr. told Officer James Deese of the Ellizabethton Police Department that the burglar took $400 in cash from behind the counter. The money was stored in a Citizens Bank deposit bag. Another $10 was stolen from a white envelope placed under the cash register.
Harding said the business had been closed since midnight Saturday. He arrived at work at 11 a.m. Monday to discover the burglary.
Harding told Deese the burglar had entered the building from the roof, climbing through a vent to get inside. Deese said further investigation revealed the burglar had cut a lock to a cage that secured a ladder owned by neighboring business Ingle’s Market. Ingle’s employee Eddie Huffman told officers the lock had been secured at 11 p.m. Saturday.
Investigators determined the ladder was used by the burglar to gain access to the roof. The burglar then walked along the roof to the exhaust fan for Greg’s. The unit was removed and a portion of the roof was torn away during the removal. The burglar was then able to enter the building through the opening in the roof, located over the ovens.
Capt. Greg Workman reported rain caused water to run through the broken section of roof and damage the ceiling, carpet and some of the merchandise at the adjoining Jacklyn’s Hallmark store. Four ceiling tiles fell.
While the burglar is reported to have taken $410, the damage will be in the thousands of dollars. The police estimated Jacklyn’s sustained damages more than $8,000 to its carpet, ceiling tiles and some of the merchandise located in the area of the leak. Greg’s sustained $500 in damage to the vent and fan, and $500 in damage to the ceiling.
Investigators found fingerprints at Greg’s. The prints have been sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.