Man Allegedly Robbed Four Subway Restaurants When “Jared Diet” Didn’t Work

Truth rating: 10
Jared Diet Robber

By Daniel Gates

Jared Diet Robber

(Hueytown Police)

Zachary Rapheal Torrance is suspected of robbing four Subway restaurants in Jefferson County, Alabama. He was arrested in Hueytown this week after someone recognized him from surveillance video and followed him until cops arrived. He was jailed, with bond set at $250,000. But it’s the apparent reason for Torrance’s crime spree that’s getting attention.

“I don’t know if he was kidding or not, but he said he had tried the ‘Jared diet’ and it hadn’t worked for him so he wanted his money back,” Police Chief Chuck Hagler told reporters. The “Jared Diet,” of course, refers to the years-long ad campaign featuring devoted Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle, who credits the sandwich chain with helping him lose weight.

Torrance is said to have robbed the Subway in Hueytown on Wednesday, demanding the cashier open the cash register and then bolting from the store with the money. He was later identified by a citizen who saw surveillance footage of the robbery on Facebook and spotted Torrance in a Walmart. Hagler believes Torrance is the man responsible for three other recent Subway robberies in the area.

It’s hard to tell from Torrance’s mugshot whether he’s in urgent need of the “Jared Diet,” but his alleged behavior is probably not what Fogle hoped to inspire with all of those commercials.

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