Rulings expected today in Subway burglaries trial

ESCANABA – Rulings are expected today in the bench trial of a Green Bay man accused of breaking into the two Subway restaurants in Escanaba in 2012.

Brook Evan Grzelak, 52, represented himself during his two-day criminal trial in Delta County Circuit Court this week.

Judge Stephen Davis is scheduled to make a decision this afternoon on whether or not Grzelak is guilty or not guilty of the following five charges: two separate counts of safe breaking, each a life felony; two separate counts of breaking and entering a building with intent, each a 10-year felony; and one count of possession of burglar’s tools, also a 10-year felony.

Grzelak was arrested on a probation violation in Green Bay following the Dec. 12, 2012, break-ins at Subway restaurants in Escanaba at 536 N. Lincoln Road and 2311 Ludington St.

Evidence linked to the break-ins was confiscated from Grzelak’s van. Items included customers’ personal checks written out to Subway and clothing and tools suspected to have been used in the break-ins based on surveillance videos.

Witnesses during the trial included local police officers, detectives from Escanaba and Green Bay, Subway employees and customers, and a Verizon employee.

Grzelak was arrested in December 2012. He remains lodged in Delta County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 cash bond.

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Jenny Lancour, (906) 786-2021, ext. 143,