Former employee nabbed in pair of Subway robberies

Derek Anthony Cavin

Derek Anthony Cavin

LAWRENCEVILLE — Donning a Subway shirt and the trademark black visor, Derek Anthony Cavin used a knife to rob two local restaurants in less than 12 hours, authorities said.

Cavin, a 26-year-old Winder resident, was arrested this week and faces charges from separate incidents in Gwinnett and Barrow counties. He’s being held in the Gwinnett County jail without bond.

According to Barrow sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Matt Guthas, Cavin entered the Subway store at 444 Atlanta Highway at about 9:30 p.m. on July 31, wearing a uniform similar to that of the restaurant’s employees. He reportedly pulled out a knife, jumped the counter and opened the cash drawer, making out with about $150.

Surveillance cameras captured Cavin, who was not wearing a mask, on video, Guthas said.

At about 7:30 the next morning, Cavin was reportedly at another Subway location at 4300 Buford Drive, near Interstate 985 in Buford. There, an employee was baking bread for the breakfast rush when Cavin — again donning a Subway shirt and visor — began walking behind the counter.

After being asked what he was doing, Cavin allegedly pulled out a knife.

“(The victim) said the suspect said, ‘Give me the money (expletive) because I already did something this morning,’” a Gwinnett County police report said.

Cavin, again caught on video camera, reportedly fled with about $120 and the employee’s cellphone.

He was ultimately arrested by Hall County authorities, Guthas said. Investigators believe he was an employee at a Gwinnett Subway restaurant, but not the one he allegedly robbed.

Cavin is charged in Barrow County with armed robbery, aggravated assault and false imprisonment. In Gwinnett, he has been charged with armed robbery and two counts of theft by taking, jail records showed.