Employee charged in Papa John’s break-in, damage to property


By Chris Berendt - [email protected]



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A 21-year-old Papa John’s employee has been charged in connection with a break-in to the pizza place in Clinton last week, according to reports from Clinton Police officials.

The employee, Antonio Jerome Murphy, 21, of 126 Brewer Blvd., Apt. 24, Warsaw, has been charged with two counts of breaking and entering, safecracking, misdemeanor larceny, possession of stolen property and damage to personal property. The breaking and entering and safecracking offenses are felonies.

Uniformed Clinton Police officers responded to Papa John’s, located at 933 Sunset Ave., Clinton, at 10:22 a.m. Friday. Manager Carrie Wright said she found evidence of the break-in while she was opening the business.

“There were no signs of forced entry, but someone had damaged the camera system and entered the safe,” Police Capt. Donald Edwards stated. “The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money from the business.”

At the time of the report, there were no suspects. The department’s Neighborhood Improvement Team officers responded and assisted in the investigation, determining that the suspect was an employee.

“The investigation revealed that Mr. Murphy actually entered the business twice,” Edwards said. “The second entry was when he damaged the camera system.”

Along with the stolen money, there was approximately $2,500 in estimated damage done to the camera system.

Murphy turned himself in Tuesday at the Clinton Police Department and was subsequently served the charges. He was released on a $30,000 unsecured bond and given a court date of Oct. 21.

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By Chris Berendt

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