2009-08-28 / Top Stories

Buffoons Bungle Bagel Burglary

By Nicholas Briano

Surfside Bagels was victim to a burglary last Friday night at 10:00 p.m. when four men broke into the Rockaway Beach store through the front door and tried to get away with the cash register. Two of the men were arrested on the scene. Surfside Bagels was victim to a burglary last Friday night at 10:00 p.m. when four men broke into the Rockaway Beach store through the front door and tried to get away with the cash register. Two of the men were arrested on the scene. The burglary of a Rockaway Beach bagel store last Friday night went embarrassingly bad when the perpetrators attempted to board an MTA bus with the cash register in hand and were arrested at the scene, according to one of the store's owners.

The burglary occurred at approximately 10 p.m. when four men allegedly broke into Surfside Bagels through the front door, located at Beach 94 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

The store does not have a pull down gate, but rather an alarm system and security cameras, owner, Tim Keenan said.

Security cameras show the four men inside the store taking the cash register.

The burglar carrying the register dropped it on the floor, sending the receipt tape spooling out onto the floor, but somehow still attached to the register, leaving a paper trail behind them.

As the alarm sounded and the 100 Precinct police responded, whose station house is located diagonally across the street, the men were attempting to board an MTA bus in front of the store. With cash register in hand, and completely unaware the receipt tape was still hanging outside the bus door, the burglar was easily arrested.

The man with the register, Keenan says, was wearing socks over his hands to prevent leaving fingerprints and threw the register to the floor and tried to run when police spotted him. The bus pulled out and made a left turn to go onto the Cross Bay Bridge, but police stopped it again and apprehended a second individual. Keenan says the other two men escaped police by hiding on the bus.

Keenan is impressed with how fast police responded to the scene and made an arrest.

"I was on the phone with 911 and the operator put me on hold," he said. "When the operator got back on the phone they said the men were in custody.

Keenan is glad that everything worked out in the end.

"It was impressive that the police go there so quickly, recovered the register and money and made an arrest."

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