Ex-restaurant worker accused of occupying business after hours

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By MARISSA DECHANT
Staff reports

A former employee of Benjamin’s Roadhouse in Franklin is facing burglary charges for allegedly occupying the business after hours to eat and sleep.

A criminal complaint filed through District Judge Matthew Kirtland’s office said Franklin patrolman Kenneth Scott was dispatched to Benjamin’s Roadhouse on Aug. 23 for a report of a possible burglary.

Upon arrival, Scott met with a witness who had been brought to the restaurant for a burglar alarm that went off at 1:30 a.m. that day, the complaint said.

The witness had reviewed surveillance footage later that morning and discovered a male whom she believed to be former employee Joshua Warrington, 35, of Oil City, inside during closed hours, the complaint said.

Scott also reviewed the footage and saw Warrington first enter the bar area and then the restaurant side, which was closed, the complaint said.

Warrington then lay down in a booth and fell asleep for several hours, the complaint said.

After awakening inside the empty restaurant, Warrington re-entered the bar, took several shots of alcohol and ate some food, the complaint said.

He then exited the business and set off the burglar alarm, the complaint said.

Scott interviewed Warrington at the Franklin Police Department, and Warrington admitted to his actions pertaining to the incident, the complaint said.

He is facing felony counts of burglary – not adapted for overnight accommodation, no person present and criminal trespass, in addition to a misdemeanor count of theft by unlawful taking.

He was arraigned before Kirtland and released on $15,000 unsecured bail.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled Sept. 6 in Central Court.