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Fired worker, homeless man linked to Papa John's burglary

OCEAN SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENTPolice say this video from Papa John's Pizza early Thursday shows Chad Michael Brewster, believed to use an ex-worker's key to get in the store and appearing to have the combination to the store safe. Police are trying to find him.
OCEAN SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENTPolice say this video from Papa John's Pizza early Thursday shows Chad Michael Brewster, believed to use an ex-worker's key to get in the store and appearing to have the combination to the store safe. Police are trying to find him.

OCEAN SPRINGS -- A recently fired employee of Papa John's Pizza told police he had talked about burglarizing the restaurant with a homeless man who was caught in the act by surveillance cameras, an investigator said.

Videos of the burglary early Thursday at Papa John's on U.S. 90 show Chad Michael Brewster inside the store, and it appears he used to key to get in and had the combination to the store's safe, police Capt. William Jackson said.

Brewster, 45, is sought on an arrest warrant.

Police have arrested 20-year-old Bradley Paul Randle Cherry, whom Jackson said was fired by Papa John's earlier this month.

A patrol officer and detective viewed video footage and recognized Brewster, 45, from previous police encounters with him, Jackson said. The detective learned Brewster and Cherry were known to spend time together, he said.

Police said they found Cherry at Studio 6 Motel and took him to the police department for questioning.

Cherry said he and Brewster had discussed a burglary at the store, Jackson said.

Police arrested Cherry on a commercial burglary charge. He was being held on a $20,000 bond Friday at the Ocean Springs jail.

Anyone who knows of Brewster's whereabouts is asked to call police at 875-2211 or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.

Or tipsters can text CSTIP plus a message to 274637 (CRIMES) or give a tip online at ms.coastcrimestoppers.com.

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