Police search for breaking and entering suspects

By DeeAnna Haney | May 05, 2014
Photo by: DeeAnna Haney Police are investigating a breaking and entering that occurred overnight Sunday at Zaxby's in Waynesville.

Two Waynesville businesses were broken into this week in what seems to be two unrelated cases, detectives say.

Someone pried open the entrance doors at both buildings of Waynesville Auto off Hyatt Creek Road sometime over the weekend, said Lt. Chris Chandler with the Waynesville Police Department.

An employee who went in to the office Sunday morning discovered the robbery and damage and called police around 9 a.m.

The suspect or suspects broke into the safe inside one of the buildings that contained only petty cash, but managed to cause extensive damage in the process of searching for more valuable items to nab.

Several desks were destroyed as well as drawers and doors that were pried open, likely causing thousands of dollars worth of damage, Chandler said.

There was no indication that any of the vehicles for sale at the business were damaged, however.

Waynesville detectives were called in first thing Monday morning to investigate another breaking and entering report from Zaxby's in Waynesville.

The suspect in this case entered and exited the fast food restaurant through a vent on the roof sometime overnight Sunday.

"It appears the suspect was somewhat familiar with the layout of the inside of the building," Chandler said.

The person broke into a safe in the manager's office, stealing an undisclosed amount of cash.

Detectives are investigating both cases, but Chandler does not believe the same suspect or suspects is involved in both cases.