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Alabama man allegedly robs 4 Subway stores in 4 days, blames ‘Jared Diet’


Zachary Rapheal Torrance, 18, arrested on first-degree robbery charges for holding up Subway sandwich stores. His reason, cops say, was he failed to lose weight.

By Deborah Hasting | New York Daily News

An Alabama teenager allegedly told cops he robbed four Subway sandwich shops in less than a week because he was miffed the “Jared Diet” didn’t work for him.

Zachary Rapheal Torrance, 18, was captured in a Walmart store Thursday night after a shopper recognized him from photos posted on the local police’s Facebook page, authorities said.

“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,” said Hueytown Police Chief Chuck Hagler, according to the news site

Jared Fogle made national headlines when he lost 245 pounds 15 years ago by eating nothing but turkey Subway sandwiches.

He has been the famous face of Subway ever since, appearing in commercials and speaking in public about the health benefits of eating healthy. He is worth an estimated $15 million.

When Torrance was arrested, he was wearing the same outfit — orange shoes and a black jacket — that he wore during Wednesday’s robbery of a Subway franchise on Allison-Bonnett Memorial Drive in the Birmingham area, police said.

He was buying a holster for the gun he had used on his alleged crime spree, authorities said.

The armed robberies began Monday night and culminated with two stick-ups on Thursday, the news site reported.

Torrance is being held on $250,000 bail.

Read the story at New York Daily News


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