BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE
Three thirsty thieves struck Astoria’s neighborhood beer garden last week.
Security footage captured a late night booze heist at the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden on 24th Avenue. The burglars can be seen in images released by the NYPD with their shirts pulled over their heads, but leaving their faces entirely visible.
According to police, two men entered the premises by scaling an outer wall and stole bottles of vodka, tequila, bourbon, scotch, rum and gin. Another remained outside as a lookout.
Damages totaled roughly $1,000, said Andrew Walters, general manager of Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden.
“It was funny but not funny,” Walters said. “It’s stupidity run rampant.”
According to Walters, the burglars damaged one of the beer garden canopies in their attempt to scale the wall, and after the robbery, spent about 20 minutes trying to figure out how to climb their way out.
“In recent memory, we’ve never had any kind of break in or anything of that nature,” Walters said.
He added that the establishment has already enacted new security measures to safeguard against future break-ins.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, firstname.lastname@example.org or @JNStrawbridge.