It happened early this morning at the Subway located off the Gulf Freeway between Broadway and Moline.
PHOTOS: Damage caused to Subway restaurant
Neighbors called 911 after hearing a loud crash and seeing a Jeep and a van leaving the restaurant. The crooks had used the van to smash their way into the Subway before leaving.
Police recovered the van a short distance later, but there wasn't anyone around. It's unclear if the van is stolen.
Officials with Subway are still taking inventory and are not sure if the crooks got away with anything of value.