Employees at one Florida KFC are taking a leave of absence, of sorts, after scheming to rob their employer, essentially stealing from themselves.
The Bay County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division was contacted on May 23, 2023, about a burglary and theft at the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at 427 S Tyndall Pkwy, Panama City, Florida.
Deputies say while the employees of KFC were closing the store as normal, surveillance footage showed one employee, Shykell Sheffield, going behind the manager and unlocking a drive-through window the manager had just locked.
An hour later, a man wearing a mask, black hoodie, black pants, and gloves entered through the same drive-through window.
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The man broke into the locked safe and stole an undisclosed amount of money. The man left with the money through the same unlocked drive-through window.
BCSO criminal investigators spoke with Sheffield, and she admitted to purposely unlocking the window to allow four other KFC employees and a fifth non-employee to enter the store through the drive-through window.
Sheffield stated that after her shift the night of May 22, 2023, she was picked up by D’aja Spencer and asked if she had left the window unlocked. Shykell Sheffield confirmed the window was unlocked, and David Brannon was dropped off and committed the burglary while D’aja Spencer, Nadarien Holley, Lakane Brown, and Shykell Sheffield waited in a vehicle next to the business.
After he entered the business and took the money, David Brannon ran back to the waiting vehicle and the group returned to a local motel where they shared a room.
Some members of the group later admitted to investigators they all split the money that was stolen.
Through investigative means, David Brannon was located and admitted to committing the offense and discarding the tools used. David Brannon into taken into custody and he was found to be in possession of a large amount of cash, illegal drugs, and drug paraphernalia.
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David Brannon, age 34, of Lynn Street, Panama City, was arrested and charged with Burglary of a Structure, Grand Theft, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Failure to Register as a Convicted Felon.
Shykell Sheffield, age 27, of College Ave, Panama City, was arrested for an outstanding warrant for Violation of Probation, Principal to Burglary, Principal to Grand Theft, Possession of Paraphernalia, And Methamphetamine.
D’aja Spencer, age 27, a transient, was arrested for Principal to Burglary, and Principal to Grand Theft.
Nadarien Holley, age 23, of Gay Avenue, Panama City, was arrested for Principal to Burglary and Principal to Grand Theft.
Lakane Brown, age 28, of Clara Avenue, Springfield, was arrested for Principal to Burglary and Principal to Grand Theft.
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