Failed ‘Jared Diet’ motive in Alabama Subway robberies

Zachary Torrance
Zachary Torrance

HUEYTOWN, AL (WBRC/CNN) – Police say a customer who wanted his money back went on a robbery spree, taking money from four Subway restaurants in as many days.

The teenager was allegedly upset after his diet didn’t work.

Officers say it’s been a week of revenge for 18-year-old Zachary Torrance. Revenge on, of all things, Subway restaurants.

Midfield police say this is him robbing their store Monday night.

Tuesday night, Birmingham police say they were hit.

Zachary Torrance
Zachary Torrance

Wednesday, Hueytown was targeted.

Thursday, it was Adamsville.

In each case, the armed suspect had the same MO: long dreadlocks, a black Nike shirt, and distinctive bright orange shoes.

“What was funny, like I told the policeman, he came in Walmart wearing the exact same thing,” said Lee Martin.

Martin had gone to the Hueytown Walmart late Thursday to buy school supplies for his son. But earlier in the day, he’d seen video of the robbery on the Hueytown Police Department website.

“It never donned on me I’d run back into him, wearing the same clothes at that,” Martin said.

“I was just walking through Walmart, peeping around corner and watching him and looking at my phone, trying to get pictures of him and stuff,” Martin said.

He says Torrance asked a clerk about a pistol holder.

That’s when Martin left the store and called police.

“…and I sit there and called them, and I said, ‘Hey.’ I said, ‘Did y’all catch that guy that robbed Subway?’ He said, ‘No.’ I said,’ He’s inside Walmart, right now, in Hueytown.’ He said, ‘Huh?’ I said, ‘Yes, sir. He’s in Walmart, right now. If it ain’t him, it’s his twin,'” Martin said.

A short while later, police arrived and arrested Torrance.

Investigators say he confessed to all the robberies.

He’s even gave them a reason for doing it.

“He told the detectives he had spent a sum of money with Subway, trying the sub diet — the Jared diet — and it hadn’t worked for him, and he felt like he should get his money back,” Hueytown Police Dept. Chief Chuck Hagler said.

“That ain’t no reason. I tried it, and I ain’t lost none yet, so… I ain’t gonna go rob Subway. You know, if that’s the case, everybody would have done it. That’s a poor excuse for a feller,” Martin said.

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