If you own a bar or restaurant in Chinatown or on the Lower East Side, you may want to double bolt the door tonight. Last week, two men robbed five neighborhood joints in two days, the NYPD says. Targeting everything from a cupcake bakery to a fish ball joint, they made off with nearly $2,000.
The spree actually started before that, in the early hours of April 3; police say the burgling bros pinched several bottles of booze and some tools from Giuseppe Gonzalez’s recently opened cocktail destination, Suffolk Arms.
The roll of robberies picked up in earnest last Tuesday, April 26, between the hours of 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., when $500 disappeared from the register of Dudley’s on Orchard Street; $400, an iPhone and an iPad were pinched from New Shing Wang on Eldridge, $300 was lifted from Ting Sing Fish Ball; and $1,600 went missing from a filing cabinet at Eric McKenna’s Bakery on Broome Street.
Shortly after midnight the next day, April 27, the suspects swiped $50 from Kotto House on Broome Street, police say.
So, next time you’re on the LES hollering “YOLO,” add a touch of BOLO (be on the lookout).