Hendersonville business owner chases burglar with bat

David Griffin

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Hendersonville business owner chased a burglar from his store with a bat.

It happened at the Jersey Mike’s Subs located on 247 West Main Street.

The incident occurred on Tuesday night around 10 p.m.
The incident occurred on Tuesday night around 10 p.m.

The store owner, 46-year-old Keith Powers, said someone had been breaking into his store after hours and stealing large amounts of cash. He thought it might be an employee so he stayed and watched to see if he could catch them in the act.

Powers said on Tuesday night around 10 p.m., he saw a masked man, later identified as former manager David Griffin, wearing a hoodie walk to the closed store, look around and then use a key to open the lock.

He called authorities and heard police sirens a few minutes later. Powers then armed himself with a bat and entered the store.

“I really thought it was one of my employees. They are probably not going to be carrying a gun or anything,” he explained.

Keith Powers, the store owner, said he realizes now that he should have waited for police.
Keith Powers, the store owner, said he realizes now that he should have waited for police.

Powers said Griffin saw him and jumped behind the counter. He then chased the suspect out the back door and struck him in the knee.

Griffin kept running and Powers fell.

He said he realizes now that he put himself in danger.

“For sure, for sure I should have waited a few more minutes and we’d have him now. So, yes, I should have waited.”

Griffin has since been taken into police custody and authorities say he was fired from the store for theft.

Police said Griffin has a prior 2012 charge for drug paraphernalia and may be wearing a beard now.

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