Subway burglar charged

ESCANABA – A Wisconsin man accused of breaking into Subway restaurants in Escanaba last year was officially charged with five felonies Wednesday.

Brook Evan Grzelak, 51, of Green Bay, was extradited from Dodge Correctional Facility in Waupun, Wis., to Delta County Jail in Escanaba on Tuesday, according to Escanaba Public Safety.

He allegedly broke into the two Subway restaurants located at 536 N. Lincoln Road and 2311 Ludington St., Escanaba, during the overnight hours of Dec. 11-12, 2012. An undisclosed amount of money was stolen from a safe at each business.

Investigation into the break-ins led Escanaba Public Safety to warn law enforcement agencies in the Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin of the potential threat for additional burglaries at Subway restaurants.

Acting on information supplied by Escanaba police, Ashwaubenon Police Department in Wisconsin arrested Grzelak on a probation violation. Police searched his vehicle and found evidence allegedly linking him to the Escanaba Subway burglaries.

Since then, the suspect has been lodged in a Wisconsin jail awaiting extradition to Escanaba. He also faces additional criminal charges in Wisconsin for similar allegations, said police.

During his arraignment in Delta County District Court on Wednesday, Grzelak was charged with the following five felonies: two counts of safe breaking; two counts of breaking and entering a building with intent; and one count of possession of burglar’s tools.

Each safe-breaking count carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. The other three charges are each a 10-year felony.

Grzelak is scheduled for a preliminary examination in district court on June 3. He remains lodged in the county jail in lieu of a $100,000 cash bond.

In addition to Michigan and Wisconsin, Grzelak is suspected of being linked to Subway burglaries in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, said police.